New Mexico Trucking Accidents and Broken Bones: A Recipe for Permanent Damage

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November 22, 2016

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Broken Bones Are Common Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Accidents and Can Lead to Serious, Permanent, and Prolonged Future Injuries

No one wants to be in any motor vehicle accident.  But if someone had to choose, he or she certainly would pick anything but a trucking accident with a tractor trailer, flatbed, tanker, or other large commercial truck.  These vehicles are massive and have a lot of momentum.  This means that force behind the truck needs to be dispersed into whatever it hits.  Frequently this means smaller passenger vehicles are mangled and shredded in trucking accidents.  This causes catastrophic injuries to victims, commonly including broken bones.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident causing broken bones, contact the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso by calling (505) 407-0458.  We have handled many broken bone cases and we know not just the value of the past pain and suffering, but also the future pain and suffering and injuries.  This may include future surgeries you may not even be aware of.  This is why you need to contact our attorneys for a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights.  There is nothing to lose—you will not pay us anything unless we win your case!

Reasons Why Broken Bones Occur in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Given that commercial trucks are quite large, heavy, and move fast on highways or interstates, it is clear why broken bones are common injuries.  Smaller passenger vehicles just get crumpled in trucking accidents which causes crushing injuries.  These types of crushing injuries easily break bones, even at low speed.

This is because of physics and momentum.  The momentum of a tractor trailer needs to be completely dispersed for it to stop.  Usually this is achieved by its braking system.  But in the event of a crash, the momentum of transferred into whatever the truck hits.  This literally bends metal and scatters bone.

Trucking accidents also cause broken bones just from the shear fact that most trucks are on highways or interstates.  This means the truck is moving at a fast rate of speed.  Not only does this increase momentum, but this reduces reaction time.  This makes an accident more likely and more dangerous.

Types of Broken Bones in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

There are many different types of broken bones which could occur in a trucking accident.  Some of the most common types of broken bones which may allow a victim to receive compensation for include the following:

  • Comminuted fracture – when the bone is broken into several pieces, usually caused by a crushing fracture;
  • Avulsion fracture – when a piece of the bone is separate from the main mass, usually when it is pulled on by a tendon or ligament, or when the bone is impacted forcefully;
  • Buckled fracture – when the bone’s ends are driven into each other as if they were being crushed together, usually in crushing accidents;
  • Traverse fracture – when the bone fractures across the bone on a right angle (perpendicularly), usually in a side impact;
  • Stress fracture – when the bone has small, hairline cracks;
  • Occult fracture – a small fracture in the bone which does not appear on x-rays until the bone begins to heal weeks later, but still very painful and may require surgery;
  • Linear fracture – when the bone breaks parallel to the bone;
  • Oblique fracture – when the break has a curved or sloped pattern, usually with downward force;
  • Spiral fracture – when the bone fracture in a spiral fracture, usually when the bone is twisted to its breaking point; and
  • Compound fractures – when the bone breaks the skin.

Broken Bones in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 407-0458 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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