Lost Limbs Due to Albuquerque Trucking Crashes


August 23, 2017

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Albuquerque, New Mexico Trucking Crashes Resulting in Amputations and Lost Limbs are Very Serious Cases

According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts annual report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were over 4,000 fatal large truck crashes which is an 8% increase from the last year.  There were also approximately 87,000 truck crashes resulting in serious injuries.  It is obvious that, when 18 wheelers, big rigs, double trailers, semis, and other large trucks collide with other vehicles there is the potential for very serious injury.  One of the most debilitating and painful injury is when catastrophic damage to a limb requires amputation of the victim’s arm, leg, hand, or foot.

Lost limbs are unfortunately a common injury in New Mexico trucking crashes, especially along the major interstates such as I-40, I-10, and I-25 which go through major trucking hubs like Las Cruces and Albuquerque.  Here at the Mark Caruso, our experienced Albuquerque trucking crash lawyers know how to help victims and families recover the money they need to compensate them for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, future medical bills and procedures, and other costs.  To learn more how we can help you and your family, call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 308-1556.

Types of Trucking Crashes Causing Amputations and Lost Limbs

Losing a limb is a traumatic event.  Especially when it is caused by the negligence of another person.  Trucking crashes are very likely to result in such injuries due to the negligence of a truck driver.  This is particularly because of the sheer size, weight, and speed of these large commercial trucks which make even minor bumper taps potentially fatal.  This means large trucks can crush and damage smaller passenger vehicles at even low speeds.  This makes people very susceptible to injuries, particularly to their limbs.

Some common types of trucking crashes resulting in amputations and lost limbs include the following:

  • Rear end collisions;
  • T-bone crashes;
  • High speed accidents;
  • Side-swipe collisions;
  • Crashes from improper lane changes;
  • Jackknife or truck rollovers;
  • Head on collisions; and
  • Many other crashes.

Reasons Lost Limb Trucking Crashes Are So Significant

In personal injury accidents, usually the largest factor determining the compensation is the pain and suffering.  The next largest factor is usually lost wages.  Generally after that medical bills or medical costs would come next.  In any trucking accident cases, especially in lost limb cases, all three of these figures can be incredibly high.

It goes without saying that the pain and suffering for a lost limb can be horrific.  Usually in trucking crashes which result in an amputation the limb is crushed, shredded, and torn to pieces before it is amputated.  Many times limbs can even be trapped in the twisted steel of a trucking wreck.  It is very obvious that the pain is excruciating.

The lost wages will also be staggering.  The amount of time off from work following an amputation will be significant and horrifying.  It may take months if not years to be ready to participate again in the work force after an amputation—especially a very serious amputation like an arm or a leg.  Many people who lose a limb are not able to go back to their pre-accident job.  Losing an arm is very debilitating to almost any office job, while losing a leg can be career-ending for any type of laborer.

Finally, the medical costs will be staggering.  This is obvious in that the costs of any treatment after a trucking crash will be significant.  The additional procedures, surgeries, and treatment in performing the amputation and aftercare is also significant.  The risk of infection is also large, and antibiotic regimens are needed to prevent serious and fatal infections or sepsis.

Lost Limbs Due to Albuquerque Trucking Crashes are Very Serious

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