A semi-truck crashed into two separate vehicles in a Missouri semi truck accident. A 2012 Kenworth semi-truck crashed into a 2003 GMC Envoy that entered into the intersection of Highway 54 and Highway 19. The GMC was attempting to turn left when the semi-truck hit it from the side. The Kenworth continued on to crash into a 1995 Chevrolet.
Four Missourians suffered personal injury in the accident. Larry L. Apperson, an occupant in the GMC, suffered the worst injuries. Apperson was airlifted by Staff for Life to University Hospital. Two other passengers in the GMC sustained moderate injuries: Zachary T. Jewell of and Randy W. Pruitt. Jewell and Pruitt were transported by ambulance to Audrain Medical Center. Wayne E. Pruitt, the GMC driver, was taken to Audrain Medical Center too. The accident victims were from Eldon, Missouri and California, Missouri. Their ages ranged from 20 to 73 years old.
Trucking accidents injure more than 100,000 people in the United States each year. Truck accident victims are more likely to suffer serious injuries than passenger vehicle accident victims. Truck accident victims may suffer from life-altering injuries backs or spinal cord. One of the worst injuries that a truck accident victim can suffer is traumatic brain injury (TBI).
TBI has the potential to negatively impact every aspect of an accident victim’s life, unlike other injuries. The brain is the control center of the human body and mind. Brain damage therefore can affect seemingly any part of the body or mind. TBI may harm an accident victim’s ability to move, speak, sleep, read, and work. TBI may even affect an accident victim’s ability to control emotions. Even a physically small brain lesion can dramatically alter an accident victim’s ability to interact with the broader environment.
TBI may be difficult to identify. The accident victim may not notice any symptoms at the scene of the accident. In fact, TBI symptoms may develop over the course of several months. Symptoms of TBI include headaches and migraines, sudden personality changes, difficulty sleeping, or loss of motor skills. The previous sentence is not an exhaustive list of the types of problems that TBI can cause.
Accident victims should always accept medical treatment for their accident injuries. TBI treatment may require hospitalization and surgery. Patients and their families should be able to invest their emotional injury into the treatment process, instead of worrying about payment and lawsuits. TBI sufferers who have been in a relatively recent truck accident should contact our St. Louis semi truck accident attorneys for a free legal consultation.