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Brain and Head Injuries from Southwest Florida Truck Accidents

March 5, 2024 | Category: Truck Accidents | Share

With the increase in Southwest Florida’s population, including full-time/part-time residents and tourists, the building industry is booming to accommodate everyone. More stores are being built to service our needs. Our roads are often inadequate to support growth, leading to congestion with many smaller vehicles competing with large trucks to get to their destinations. In 2023, the News-Press reported that Lee County was one of the most dangerous places to drive in Florida.

Brain & Head Injuries form Truck AccidentsLarge trucks, with increased weights, often cause drivers of other vehicles to have serious medical repercussions, like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Often TBIs affect motor skills, concentration, vision, and other problems that can prevent accident victims from driving or returning to work in the future. Experts report that TBIs and other head injuries affect 14 million people every year in the United States, and they are responsible for approximately 50,000 annual fatalities.

Symptoms of Brain and Head Injuries Following Truck Accidents

WebMD reports the symptoms of a brain or head injury following a truck accident include four major categories: cognitive, perceptual, physical, and behavioral/emotional.

Cognitive Symptoms Include:

  • Difficulty processing information and expressing thoughts
  • Difficulty understanding others
  • Shortened attention span.
  • Inability to understand abstract concepts
  • Impaired decision-making ability
  • Memory loss

Perceptual Symptoms Include:

  • Change in vision, hearing, or sense of touch
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Inability to sense time
  • Disorders of smell and taste
  • Balance issues
  • Heightened sensitivity to pain

Physical Symptoms Include:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Extreme mental fatigue
  • Extreme physical fatigue
  • Paralysis
  • Weakness
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sleep disorders
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness

Behavioral/Emotional Symptoms Include:

  • Irritability and impatience
  • Reduced tolerance for street
  • Sluggishness
  • Flattened or heightened emotions or reactions
  • Denial of disability

How to Avoid Truck Accident Injuries

The Road Safety Foundation in Washington, D.C. recommends drivers responsibly share the roadways. When sharing Florida’s roads with trucks, other drivers should:

  • Pass Carefully – Always pass on the left-hand side and do so quickly and cautiously.
  • Avoid Blind Spots – Trucks have large blind spots, and drivers should avoid them.
  • Be Cautious – Drivers should not spend too much time close to large trucks. They are not able to stop or change lanes quickly to avoid accidents.
  • Avoid high beams as they may blind truck drivers.
  • When stopping on an interstate, pull off to the side of the road first and warn truck drivers of your intention to do so by using signals.
  • Avoid distractions such as texting while driving. Remain alert and fully focused on driving.

Florida Truck Accident Lawyer Aggressively Assists Truck Accident Victims

If you or a loved one is injured because of a truck driver’s negligence, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. 24/7 after seeking medical assistance. We aggressively work to act in our client’s best interests and fully communicate with them as we progress through their personal injury cases. Here is an example of one of our truck accident cases:

  • A multi-million-dollar settlement was obtained for a Fort Myers car accident victim who was a passenger in a company truck. The client received fractures and a below-the-knee leg amputation because a large box truck pulled out from a stop sign into his path.

There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. Please contact us at 239.337.7483, toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or contact us online at


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