Driving a car down New Jersey roads can be an enjoyable, relaxing, and efficient way to get from point A to point B. However, when car accidents strike, that enjoyable ride can become a traumatic experience that permanently impacts a person’s quality of life. Although many car accident victims will recover from their injuries, the following are five permanent injuries people sustain from motor vehicle accidents.
Car accident-related burns can vary in intensity from relatively minor first-degree burns to severe fourth-degree burns. A fourth-degree burn damages a person’s nerve endings, skin, the layer beneath the skin, bones, and muscles. Even if someone recovers from a severe burn, they can have permanent disfiguring scars.
2. Spinal cord injuries
It is common for people to damage their spinal cord in a car accident. Sometimes, these injuries can be permanent. Victims risk parallelization, depending on the severity of the injury. It is difficult, if not impossible, to recover from total or partial paralysis caused by nerve damage. Medical rehabilitation may help people left with permanent damage improve their mobility. However, they may be left with partially impaired mobility.
3. Head injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other serious injuries can happen during severe car accidents. Accident-related head trauma can lead to:
- Speech impairment
- Emotional health issues
TBIs can leave individuals with debilitating health conditions that affect them for the rest of their lives.
4. Broken bones and damaged limbs
Fractures and damaged limbs are prevalent in car accidents. Broken bones can result from the body being flung around in the car. If bones sustain significant damage, reduced mobility can be permanent.
5. Internal organ damage
Excessive pressure or strain on the body can bruise and damage internal organs. Bleeding resulting from blunt force trauma is common and severe car accidents. The pancreas, liver, and spleen are the most common organs injured in a car crash. If the organ is beyond saving, a transplant may be needed.
Although driving can be relaxing, it is not without its dangers. Driving defensively and obeying the traffic rules may minimize the chance of you or someone you love suffering a permanent injury.