Bad driving habits can cause car accidents that are capable of leaving people with catastrophic injuries and a severe loss of quality of life. Habits that include texting and driving, speeding, unsafe lane changes, aggressive driving and drunk driving cause car accidents annually.
Common injuries that follow a car accident can include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and amputations. Catastrophic injuries can cause a person to lose income, face steep medical bills and require months to years of rehabilitation.
New Jersey has seen a rise in car accidents, with 2014 being an especially deadly year for motorists. According to statistics released by New Jersey State Police, 563 people died in car accidents last year.
What Catastrophic Injuries Are Associated with Car Accidents?
Spinal Cord Injuries: SCIs are especially devastating. People who have sustained an SCI may require personal assistance for life. When an SCI occurs, the spinal column and nerves are injured, restricting movement and often leaving the person partially or completely paralyzed in some or all limbs. Lifetime costs of care for a person with an SCI can reach over $3 million.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Another common catastrophic injury associated with car accidents are TBIs. In New Jersey, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 residents sustain a TBI every year. Currently, 175,000 New Jersey residents are living with disabilities resulting from a TBI. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, car accidents are a leading cause of TBIs. TBIs can lead to cognitive issues, difficulty with speech and emotional or behavioral problems.
What Are Your Options If You Have Been Injured?
Accidents caused by negligent drivers can be treated as a criminal matter depending on the circumstances, but they can also be treated as a civil matter. Many accident victims will require a lifetime of care, because they were injured by the irresponsible actions of another person. Both TBI and SCI victims will require extensive rehabilitation that can cost millions of dollars.
Accident victims may have had careers beforehand, and their ability to continue working and earning an income may be negatively affected. Accident victims should consult with an attorney to discover options for recovering damages from the negligent party.
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Did You Know? According to data gathered by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, since 2010, 36.5 percent of SCIs have been caused by vehicular accidents.
You can learn more about SCIs from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center website.