Whether you call them semi’s, tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers, they line Texas highways, delivering goods from avocados and paper products to construction supplies and furniture. A driver of this type of vehicle must have the proper training and experience to control it in a broad range of road conditions. At Allen Law Firm, we often represent clients seriously injured in a crash with a large commercial truck.

According to the Shepherd Center, there are four sections of the spinal cord. The type and severity of your injury depend on the area injured in the wreck. The higher on the spine the damage, the more severe it can be.

Five bones make up the sacral spine. Located above the tailbone and below the lumbar spine, injuries in this area affect the pelvic organs, including the bowel, bladder and sex organs. A patient’s health and injury severity determine the prognosis and recovery, which varies from person to person.

Five vertebrae in the lowest major part of the spinal cord make up the lumbar spine. As this section carries the most weight of the four segments, the bones are larger than the others. The length of your recovery depends on nerve damage severity. The injury may heal entirely or partially.

Twelve vertebrae in the mid- to upper part of the back comprise the thoracic spine. It helps keep your body upright. Injuries in this section of the spine may result in paraplegia, with normal hand and arm functions. Spinal cord recovery varies from patient to patient and the level of injury severity.

Seven vertebrae in the neck make up the Cervical section of the spine. Injuries to this area affect a large portion of the body and the brain. Many individuals with a damaged Cervical spine require permanent, 24-hour care for the rest of their lives.

If you sustained injuries as a result of a collision with a tractor-trailer truck, you might benefit from an experienced personal injury attorney. Depending on the circumstances, you may file a claim for damages, medical bills and other pertinent issues related to the crash. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.