Accidents involving large commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, can be devastating. According to the most recent government statistics, there were over 15,000 Michigan truck accidents in 2018 that caused 113 fatalities and over 2,650 injuries – many of which were spine injuries.
The spinal cord sends and receives nerve signals throughout the body, and trauma or damage to the spinal cord from a truck accident can cause temporary or permanent loss of function. Where that loss occurs depends on which of four sections of the spine that is affected:
• Cervical Spine: Running from the base of the brain through the neck, the cervical spine protects the part of the spinal cord that controls the head, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.
• Thoracic Spine: The thoracic region spans from the neck to the bottom of the rib cage and protects vital organs and the portion of the spinal cord responsible for transmitting signals throughout the chest, back, and abdomen.
• Lumbar Spine: Extending from the mid-abdomen to the low back, the lumbar spine supports most of the body’s weight and encases the section of the spinal cord that corresponds to the back and buttocks.
• Sacral Spine: This area of the spine protects the portion of the spinal cord that communicates with the lower extremities and genitals.
Injury to one section of the spinal cord impacts the corresponding body parts and body parts below the damaged area. Thus, injuries to the cervical spine (near the brain and neck) can cause tetraplegia, or paralysis of the legs, arms, and trunk. Damage to lower portions of the spine may result in paraplegia or paralysis of the lower extremities.
If truck accident victims often experience debilitating injuries, they may be able to obtain financial compensation from those responsible for the crash, which can include the driver, the driver’s employer, and other defendants. An experienced personal injury lawyer can determine which parties to name in a lawsuit and help you recover money damages for your physical, mental, and economic harm.
Contact an experienced Michigan truck accident law firm
If you or a loved one suffered a spine injury in a Michigan truck accident, contact the dedicated team of attorneys at Sommer Schwartz, P.C. For more than 40 years, we have fought for individuals and families involved in trucking accidents in Detroit and across the state, obtaining the compensation they deserve. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim, call us today at 866-753-7774 to schedule a free consultation.