Serious and even fatal traffic accidents involving large trucks happen frequently throughout Florida. Watching news flashes on television or reading the newspaper accounts of these accidents sometimes make the tragic events seem like entertainment when, in fact, they are anything but that. When serious road accidents occur, people’s lives can forever change.
In serious truck accidents, occupants in smaller vehicles will generally suffer knee, thigh, or hip injuries, or a combination of all those injuries. As Sarasota personal injury lawyers, we see the trouble that has occurred to victims who have suffered this damage including pain, suffering, and costly medical expenses.
When knee, hip, and thigh injuries occur after a Sarasota trucking accident, victims may take a long time to heal. In the meantime, they may also incur a loss of earnings due to their injury, which can have a huge impact on their lives.
The type and extent of injury that occurs will determine how complex the healing process may be and if full recovery is possible. When injuries to the knee occur during a Sarasota trucking accident, it can be painful. Some knee injuries include:
- ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) – this is the ligament that supports the outside of the knee. It can tear when injured and cause excruciating pain, swelling, and prohibit a person from standing on their leg.
- MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) – this ligament supports the inside of the knee. When it tears it can cause the inside of the knee to widen.
- PCL (Posterior Collateral Ligament) – when this ligament is damaged, pain and swelling around the knee joint occurs as well as buckling of the knee when trying to walk.
- Meniscus (medial and lateral meniscus) – when the meniscus tears during a crash, a person’s body weight is unevenly distributed on the femur and tibia.
Other knee injuries that can occur during traffic accidents include knee fractures, ruptured tendons, dislocated knees, and hyperextension of the knee ligaments. Serious car and truck accidents that involve a rollover or someone being thrown around inside the interior of the car can cause twisting of the knee ligaments. Knee injuries can be serious and can affect someone’s life for some time after a crash.
If you have suffered a knee injury in a truck crash in Florida or have been negatively impacted in any way following a crash, you may want to enlist an experienced Sarasota trucking accident attorney to help you file a personal injury claim, protect your interests, and fight to get you the most compensation possible.
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