Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries

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Semi trucks are bigger and heavier than anything else on the road. When truck accidents happen, they do serious damage to whatever – and whomever – they strike. Truck accident injuries are more severe than those suffered in car-on-car wrecks.

At Fried Goldberg LLC, our truck accident attorneys seek top compensation for Georgia motorists who suffer a truck accident injury. We have a national reputation for successful truck accident litigation.

From broken bones to cuts, brain injuries, paralysis, and even death, our truck accident injury lawyers know the pain that truck accidents inflict because we’ve seen it over the course of our entire careers. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, our attorneys want to help. Contact us at (877) 591-1801 to schedule a free consultation.

What Are Some Different Types of Truck Accident Injuries?

Trucking accident injuries can be catastrophic. If the wreck doesn’t kill the victim, it often leaves him or her with horrific injuries that take years or decades to recover from. Many Atlanta truck crash victims that come into our office have bravely survived wrecks — only to find themselves with a decreased quality of life afterwards. This suffering is tragic and unacceptable.

Common truck accident injuries include:

Back and Neck Injuries

This can include minor neck pain or more serious injuries, like dislocated discs in the spine. Because your back and neck are so critical to everything you do, these injuries often prevent victims from returning to work and daily activities.

Broken Bones

Truck crashes are powerful, which means bones can be more easily broken than in wrecks involving just cars.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can result from a truck crash, especially if there is flammable cargo involved. This is often the case for trucks that are hauling hazardous materials such as gasoline or petroleum products.

Head Injuries

Head trauma in an accident can result in an injury to the brain, which may be life-altering. Brain injuries can occur even in the absence of direct trauma to the head due to whiplash or rapid acceleration or deceleration. These injuries may not immediately be apparent, and sustaining a brain injury does not mean being knocked unconscious.

Symptoms that may develop include confusion, nausea, vision problems and various cognitive difficulties. Head injuries are some of the most heartbreaking injuries sustained in truck accidents, as they often cause loss of cognitive and motor functions. Some people will never be the same again after suffering a brain injury.

Internal Injuries

Powerful blunt trauma from crashes can cause internal bleeding to organs like the bladder, liver, kidney, pancreas, and spleen. These injuries are very difficult to treat.


Cut and lacerations from truck accidents can be particularly painful and often leave massive scars that may never heal.

Rib and Torso Injuries

Truck crash injuries to the ribs and torso can be severe, as the rib cage protects the body’s vital organs.

Seat Belt Injuries

Though seat belts are there to protect you (and our truck accident lawyers strongly urge you to always wear one), seat belts can also cause injuries like whiplash.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

Truck accident injuries to the spinal cord can be especially devastating and lead to paralysis. The damage isn’t always initially apparent, which is why anyone who suffers a trucking accident injury should always get medical attention as soon as possible. MRIs will detect injuries that may be missed in an X-ray.

Wrongful Death

Tractor trailer accidents are 10 times more likely to kill you than crashes with other cars. It’s a sobering fact. When a truck accident kills your loved one, only an experienced truck accident attorney can hold the company responsible through a wrongful death claim. We know we can never replace what you have lost, but we can seek the compensation necessary for your family to try to move forward.

What Can I Be Compensated For in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to compensation for various losses and expenses.

These may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of the ability to generate future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Various costs not covered by normal insurance policies

Compensation varies and depends on the specific circumstance of each truck accident case. In particular, the severity of the truck accident injuries may greatly influence the available damages. Also, the attorney’s skill in litigating and presenting in court is a central aspect of obtaining damages, so it’s highly important to work with an experienced lawyer.

Fried Goldberg is the law firm you want if your case involves a truck accident. These kinds of cases make up 95% of all the cases our attorneys handle.

What Are Some Truck Accident Statistics?

An accident involving a truck is more likely to result in a death or injury than an accident between two cars. It’s far more dangerous to those in the car than in the truck, as nearly three-quarters (71%) of all truck crash injuries and deaths are suffered by people in the vehicle hit by the truck, according to the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety.

Speed is the most common cause of truck accidents in the country. Truck drivers themselves are a major contributing factor in more than half of all truck accidents – 55%. This means that if you or a loved one has suffered a truck accident injury, you may be in a position to seek compensation for the truck driver’s negligence and the harm it causes.

Truck-related fatalities and semi truck accident injuries appear to be on the rise in recent years:

Year # of Registered Trucks # of Fatal Truck Crashes # of Truck Crash Injury
2018 13.2 million 3,709 84,800
2019 13.1 million 3,825 90,600
Year 2018 2019
Number of Registered Trucks 13.2 million 13.1 million
Number of Fatal Truck Crashes 3,709 3,825
Number of Truck Crash Injury 84,800 90,600

More nationwide truck accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • In 2019, 5,005 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. This is almost the same number as in 2018 (5,006 people).
  • An estimated 159,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2019.
  • 71% of people killed in large-truck crashes in 2019 were occupants of other vehicles.
  • 57% of fatal tractor trailer accidents occur on rural roads.
  • 77% of fatal truck crashes happen on weekdays.
  • The percentage of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes who were alcohol-impaired was 2% in 2019.
  • Large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2019 had a higher percentage (22.9%) of previously recorded crashes (22.9%) compared to drivers of other vehicle types (motorcycles, 22.0%; passenger cars, 18.9%; and light trucks, 17.8%).

Thus, truck accident injuries and fatalities remain a major concern for motorists, especially during commute hours during the workweek.

Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Injury Lawyer

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Regardless of how a truck accident hurt you or your family, Fried Goldberg is the law firm you want if your case involves a truck accident. These kinds of cases make up 95% of all the cases our attorneys handle. We literally wrote the book on truck accident law. Other lawyers consult our attorneys when they handle these kinds of cases because of our reputation in trucking litigation.

Know that you’re not alone if you’ve suffered a truck crash injury. There is support you can turn to here in Atlanta. If you have a truck accident injury case, or think you may have one, call (877) 591-1801 today or contact us through our website. We’ll be waiting to help.

Common Questions and Concerns

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What if I’m Not Sure I’m Comfortable Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

This is a common sentiment that we’ve heard before. What we suggest is that you contact Fried Goldberg for a free consultation, listen to your options and ask us any questions you have. There is no obligation. The final decision rests with you.

However, we want to explain what we can do for you. You shouldn’t be stuck with medical bills and related expenses if a negligent company or a truck driver is to blame for your injuries. It’s a question of justice and fairness. We want to help you seek both.

I Have a Lot of Medical Problems Now. Do I Have Time to File a Trucking Lawsuit.

As attorneys, our job is to make the process as easy as possible for our clients. We will do the legwork of getting medical records and filling out paperwork. We want you to focus on your health.

Do I Have to Go to Court?

We can’t predict how every case is going to proceed, but in many past cases we have secured settlement agreements that get you the compensation you deserve and avoid the need for a trial.

What if Someone Has Died?

If a loved one has died in an accident with a tractor-trailer, we can pursue a wrongful death case to get justice for your family. Compensation may be available to cover funeral expenses and the loss of income and companionship. We’re committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who paid the ultimate price through no fault of their own.

What if I’m Not Sure if I Have a Case or Not?

That’s OK. Give us a call at (877) 591-1801 or contact us via the form on this site so we can talk to you about your situation. We will give you our honest assessment and answer all your questions or if you prefer we have more frequently asked questions here. These cases are what we’ve built our careers on. Let us use our knowledge and experience to help you and your family.

Do I Have a Truck Accident Injury Case?

Getting compensated by the party responsible for the accident that harmed you requires proving two things: injury and fault. Your odds of success are greatest when you have an attorney experienced in trucking cases working on your behalf.

Who Is Responsible in a Trucking Accident – The Driver or the Trucking Company?

If a truck driver has violated safety regulations that has resulted in an accident, then he or she may be found at fault. However, a trucking accident may not always be directly caused by a truck driver’s poor driving. A trucking company may be found responsible for: dangerous cargo, defective machinery or equipment, a driver who has logged more hours than allowed, or other truck safety violations.

Can a Manufacturing Company Be Found At-Fault if a Truck’s Brakes Fail?

Yes. Manufacturers are responsible for the production of their vehicles. If it’s determined that any part of the truck is defective and has contributed to the accident involved in a claim, they may be held liable. Contact us at Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation for your case.

Client Testimonials

Read on to learn what our previous clients are saying about our legal services:

“My wife and I were unfortunately hit by a truck and our injuries were more severe than we initially thought. After the insurance company denied payment, the best thing our previous attorney did for us was to call Adam Smith at Fried Goldberg and bring him on as Co-counsel.

Mr. Smith called us to introduce himself, to give us a quick rundown of events we could expect to take place and to answer any questions that we may have. In the end, he was able to get the insurance company to pay the entire policy to us — something the other attorney couldn’t do.”

-B. Johnson

“Micheal Goldberg and his team worked hard and diligently on my case. I would recommend Micheal Goldberg and his team to anyone who is in need of knowledgeable and caring attorneys. I can’t thank them enough. I’m very satisfied with the outcome of my case. Thanks again guys!!!”

-O. Beckles

“My experience with Fried Goldberg was great in resolving my auto accident. The attorney that I worked with answered all of my questions and was always reachable; I don’t think that I had to leave him a message one time — he always answered. Fried Goldberg is who I would call if ever I had to use an attorney again.

-J. Benjamin

Noteworthy Verdicts & Settlements

Our results speak for themselves. Read more about noteworthy verdicts & settlements we’ve obtained for our clients.

$52 Million Recovered Brain Injury Case
Our lawyers helped recover $52 million for a teen who suffered severe brain injury when a tractor-trailer ran a stop sign in Atlanta, Georgia.

$16 Million Obtained in Quadriplegia Injury Case
Our team obtained a $16 million verdict for an older man who was struck in a rear end collision

$10.5 Million Issued in Paralysis Lawsuit
We obtained a $10.5 million verdict after a tractor trailer went onto the shoulder of the road and injured motorists in Marion, Alabama.

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The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.



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The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.

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