Because semitrucks outweigh your vehicle by several tons, a collision with one may leave you with serious injuries. Even if you think you have escaped the accident without suffering bodily harm, you should see a doctor immediately. After all, the symptoms of even serious injuries may take hours, days or weeks to appear.
Even with prompt medical attention, an 18-wheeler accident may change your life forever. Here are three ways your life may be different after the crash.
1. Emotional challenges
While an 18-wheeler accident may leave you with physical pain, you may also struggle with emotional challenges. Following a serious accident, it is not uncommon to experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or mood changes.
2. Financial difficulties
Recovering from a major accident often takes both time and money. If you cannot work after the crash, you may have mounting medical bills and other unpayable debts. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the truck driver who caused the collision.
3. Environmental changes
Your home is your castle, and you love it. Unfortunately, if you suffer a grim injury in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you may have to make dozens of changes to your home. For example, you may need ramps, grab bars, new flooring or other accommodations.
Even if you can live with some home modifications, you may have to adjust to other environmental changes. Following a serious injury, you may require a full-time health care worker. Even worse, you may have to move into a long-term care facility or a different residence.