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Spinal Injuries Resulting from Big Rig Accidents

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Spinal Injuries Resulting from Big Rig Accidents

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer. Commercial trucks are some of the biggest vehicles on the road, and when they crash the consequences can be devastating for other motorists. Big rigs, tractor-trailers, dump trucks, and 18-wheelers can tip the scales at over 60,000 pounds more than the average sedan- as you can imagine, collisions with a vehicle of this size rarely end well for the smaller car.

Catastrophic Injury

When a passenger car and a big rig get into an accident, the injuries sustained are typically catastrophic. Some of the most serious injuries common to truck related accidents involve injuries to the neck and back. These injuries range in severity from cervical sprains (also known as whiplash) to paralysis. Rehabilitation after such a traumatic injury can be lengthy and extensive, and may result in permanent disability.

Dangers to the Spine

Spinal injuries incurred in truck related accidents can cause excruciating pain, often preventing people from returning to work or even completing daily activities like cooking and cleaning up. There are 33 separate bones in the spine, along with surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Some of the most common types of spinal injuries include:

Treating Spinal Injuries

If you are injured in a vehicle accident, it is of paramount importance to seek prompt medical attention. A trained doctor will be able to accurately diagnose your injuries– both the obvious ones and the latent injuries that may be hidden to the eye. Diagnostic testing like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT/CT) scans can help doctors reveal the exact nature of your injuries. Some non-invasive and minimally invasive options like physical therapy and stretching may be advised, but many patients must undergo more extensive treatment including injections or even surgery. If you have been in an accident and fear you have injured your back, contact a healthcare professional and get treatment as soon as possible. Once you have seen the doctor, contact a truck accident lawyer in Sacaramento.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer. Have you or someone you love been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck? Please contact me right away at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for compassionate, free and friendly advice. I can also be reached online anytime through my website,

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