Every day millions of large trucks shuffle in and out of Florida transporting anything and everything. No matter the time of day, there will always be a large 18-wheeler on the road amongst dozens of other vehicles that look minuscule in comparison to these heavy duty vehicles.
It should be no surprise that when these two types of vehicles meet in an unfortunate manner, the effects can be devastating. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, more than 21,000 accidents in the state in 2015 involved medium/heavy trucks, light trucks, and pickup trucks. Each of these led to injuries. Hundreds more were fatal.
No matter who is at fault for an accident, many times those in a smaller vehicle are likely to suffer some injuries. Though, truck drivers are also sometimes injured in these wrecks.
Some common accident injuries include:
- Head trauma (traumatic brain injury, concussion, etc.)
- Neck injuries (whiplash, herniated discs)
- Knee injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scrapes
Truck accident back injuries are also common and can include herniated discs, deep muscular bruising, and spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries, or damage to any part of the spinal cord, can lead to permanent damage and changes to the person’s strength, nerves, and bodily functions.
A spinal cord back injury may be deemed complete or incomplete. Complete means all feeling and ability to control movement is lost below the location of the injury. In an incomplete injury, some motor and sensory function below the affected area is felt. Truck accident back injuries affecting the spinal cord are characterized by the following symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation, such as heat or cold
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Pain or stinging sensation
- Difficulty breathing
While not all large truck accident back injuries will be spinal cord injuries, any damage to the back can ultimately lead to lifelong problems, persistent pain, and the need for continual treatment.
If you have suffered an injury in a large truck accident, an experienced chiropractor can diagnose the issue and provide a course of treatment that will help you. Furthermore, an experienced back doctor will be able to provide continued treatment if you suffer from chronic pain as a result of your injuries.
Contact a car accident chiropractor at ChiroCare of Florida to begin documenting your injuries, healing, and to ensure you receive your medical benefits.