It is an unfortunate fact that oftentimes auto accidents result in catastrophic injuries. What is less known and considered, however, is the long-term impact of these injuries on a person's future. Although the immediate aftermath is apparent right away and brings its own unique challenges, once the dust settles and the injured party must move on with his or her life, enduring consequences become more apparent.
Motorcyclists face an increased risk on roadways. Data collected in 2015 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed how motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die on the road compared to passenger occupants in a standard automobile. Motorcyclists were six times more likely to suffer an injury.
Spinal cord injuries can result from sudden, severe trauma to the spine where the vertebrae are fractured or compressed. Injured vertebrae can affect nerve fibers and disrupt the sensations passing through the injured area, thereby impairing your corresponding muscles and nerves. A prime example is how a severe neck injury can affect your ability to move your arms and, possibly impair your ability to breathe. Severe injuries to vertebrae may also result in permanent paralysis.
A young mother and her toddler where killed in a pedestrian-auto accident. Mom and son were walking along Padre Island Highway when a man in a sports utility vehicle veered off the road and struck them. Both died of injuries sustained by the accident.