Typical Injuries Associated with Trucking-related Collisions on Maryland Roadways

As Baltimore-based commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accident attorneys, the personal injury specialists at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, have first-hand experience assisting victims of negligence-related traffic accidents involving cars, trucks and motorcycles throughout the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Our legal team understands the pain and suffering that victims of trucking-related highway, beltway and interstate accidents deal with on a daily basis following a severe roadway wreck.

From painful, yet usually temporary bumps and bruises to much more serious injuries such as compound fractures, spinal cord injuries and closed head trauma, our legal team has counseled numerous individuals who have found themselves the victims of another driver’s careless or negligent actions behind the wheel. In cases where the improper actions or bad driving behavior of a commercial trucker have led to a roadway collision, the results can be devastating, if not fatal.

The range of traffic collisions that take place here in the Baltimore area, as well as in Gaithersburg, Annapolis, Bowie and Rockville, Maryland, are as varied as the resulting injuries. Below is a brief listing of some of the more frequent injuries and conditions that can result from a serious trucking-related highway accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has, in fact, estimated that here in the U.S. more than three million victims are hurt in car and truck wrecks annually. Sadly, Maryland drivers, passengers and pedestrians are affected by a percentage of these yearly traffic wrecks.

Because no two commercial trucking accidents are exactly the same, the injuries sustained by innocent victims can vary in severity and duration of recovery. As Maryland personal injury experts, the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have the training and litigation experience to assist those individuals who believe that they were hurt as a direct result of another person’s negligent actions. We understand how easily a victim and his family can be thrown into a world of bewildering medical treatments, rehabilitative therapies and, ultimately, financial panic following a serious, if not life-threatening trucking accident.

It can certainly be said that most people who drive or ride in late-model passenger vehicles may feel safe and secure when it comes to a potential traffic accident; however, when a relatively small and lightweight passenger vehicle is struck by a much larger and massive commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the odds of serious bodily injury jump well beyond what most people anticipate. With all the safety-related features on modern passenger cars, a head-on crash or multiple-vehicle collision involving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, charter motor coach or large box-type delivery vehicle can cancel out much of the benefits of those life-saving features.

Being the victim of a negligence-related commercial trucking wreck often means sustaining some type of life-threatening injury. The following are just a few of the many potential results of a CMV crash.

Traumatic Head Injuries

When it comes to trucking-related accidents, especially on the interstate or beltway, closed-head trauma and brain-related injuries are hardly uncommon. Even in cases where a collision seems minor to a victim, he or she should seek treatment at the nearest hospital emergency room whenever any kind of head injury is suspected. There is no sense in tempting fate; conditions arising from a head injury can quickly become life threatening.

Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 17 percent of head injury cases occur as a result of traffic-related accidents. Those most adversely affected by head-related injuries include children under 15 years of age and adults 65 years and older. Aside from neurological effects of a head-related injury, other conditions such as brain hemorrhage, vascular injury or subdural hygroma are all possible. It must be remembered that many types of traumatic head injury can cause neurological problems in later life; for this reason alone it may be very important for an accident victim to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney once medical treatment has been rendered.

Injuries to the Back and Spinal Column

The kind of traffic accident is often a factor in the type and severity of bodily injuries received by a driver, passenger or pedestrian. This is especially true when the victims’ vehicle has been hit by a large commercial motor vehicle. Serious and life-altering complications can often put the victim of a commercial trucking accident in a hospital bed for weeks, if not months. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious and can mean a lifetime of medical treatments and nursing care.

Those injuries involving the spinal cord are differentiated from other problems affecting the spine. Depending on the area along the spinal cord where the injury occurred, symptoms experienced by the victim can vary between mild to severe pain to instances of partial or complete paralysis. Treatment for injuries sustained by the spinal cord can often involve a substantial amount of physical therapy and rehabilitative care. These treatments can last for months or years and add up to overwhelming medical costs over time.

Psychological Injuries

While physical injuries are certainly serious and of immediate importance, especially following a serious commercial trucking collision, these bodily injuries are not the only negative results of a negligence-related trucking accident. Sometimes, the emotional and psychological consequences of a bad traffic wreck can be just as debilitating for a victim as those tangible scars and physical trauma. Therefore, it should be stated that a percentage of CMV-related highway wrecks can lead to moderate or even severe psychological issues for some accident victims, as well as their families.

For some victims of commercial truck accidents involving much smaller automobiles -- those who survive such traumatic events -- the opportunity for short- or long-term psychological issues can be even more significant than the physical injuries sustained in the crash. This can be especially true when a victim experiences such severe emotional distress caused by a vehicle fire or the death of friends or family traveling in the same vehicle.

It should come as no surprise that some victims of bad trucking-related roadway accidents can experience continuing or persistent anxiety, a variety of emotional issues, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Considering the multitude of ways in which a commercial trucking accident can negatively affect those innocent victims, there is no reason why anyone so affected should bear the burden of medical or psychological care when negligence is found to be the cause of the accident that caused the injuries in the first place.

The lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen understand the many modes of injury that affect victims of commercial motor vehicle accidents. While not of a physical nature, psychological injuries are nonetheless a serious and often undeniable consequence of traffic-related injury accidents. The effects of PTSD and other emotional problems suffered by victims of CMV collisions can be very detrimental to a victim and his family, which is why our law firm is ready and willing to help.

With our years of training and litigation expertise, the legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen works hard to help victims, as well as their families, return to a normal and productive life as soon as is possible given the circumstances. If you or a family member has been badly hurt -- either physically or emotionally -- as a result of a car-truck collision, we are here to assist you in filing a personal injury claim against the responsible parties.

Our automobile and trucking accident lawyers are glad to sit down and discuss your traffic-related personal injury case. Give us a call at (800) 654-1949 to arrange an appointment, or email either Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen to set up a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We make great efforts to fight for our clients’ rights to compensation for damages under the laws of Maryland. Preparing a strong personal injury case not only can improve one’s chances of prevailing in the courtroom, but the strength of a legal claim can sometimes lead to an out-of-court settlement, which obviates the need for what is often a relatively long and emotionally draining trial for the victim and his or her family members.