Drunk driving accidents can cause a variety of serious injuries to victims. They can even lead to death.
Fortunately, the number of drunk drivers on the roads has decreased in recent years. But still, they remain a problem.
Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous and frequent violent crimes in the United States. This is especially true for teens and children.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury occurs when the head is hit hard, often resulting in damage to the internal tissues and blood vessels of the brain. It can result in serious damage to a person’s cognitive skills, causing them to become disabled and unable to work.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are falls, vehicle-related crashes and violence. These injuries can have devastating effects on individuals, families and society.
People with TBI may need medical treatment such as surgery to treat bleeding in the brain or reduce pressure from swelling. They may also need counseling for emotional support. They may also need help returning to work and hobbies. These treatments and the associated costs are a major financial burden on society.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is a complex bundle of nerve cells that transport signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Injury to the spinal cord can cause a wide range of effects, including paralysis and loss of feeling or movement in the arms and legs.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury depend on the severity and location of the injury. Complete spinal cord injuries (tetraplegia or quadriplegia) involve the loss of all function below the area where the spinal cord was injured.
It isn’t always obvious when a serious spinal cord injury occurs, so it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible. The time between injury and treatment can be critical to determining the extent of any complications and the expected degree of recovery.
Burns are one of the most common injuries that happen in drunk driving crashes. They can lead to scarring or permanent disfigurement, infection, and emotional trauma.
They can also cause serious injuries to internal organs and soft tissue, which can affect the body’s ability to function properly.
These injuries can also result in long-term chronic pain.
There are many ways to prevent burns, including making sure your home is well-lit and never allowing children to play around hot water heaters or stoves. Also, install and test smoke detectors in your home regularly.
Drunk drivers are responsible for many of the broken bones that occur in car crashes. This is because alcohol affects a person’s ability to drive safely and quickly.
A broken bone (also known as a fracture) occurs when more pressure is put on a bone than it can withstand. It is an injury that can be very painful.
In most cases, the break in a bone heals itself. The body’s normal healing process involves forming new bone, adding minerals to make it hard and strong as it bridges the broken pieces.
However, this process can take weeks or months to complete and may be difficult to detect on x-rays. This is why it is important to have an x-ray after a fall, car accident or other injuries that lead to a break in a bone.
Disfigurement is the condition where a person’s appearance has been deeply and persistently harmed medically, often as the result of a disease or birth defect. It can also be the result of an accident, burns, facial paralysis or surgery.
Disfiguring injuries can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and emotional well-being. They can cause anxiety, depression and social difficulties.
Whether the disfigurement is caused by an accident, a medical procedure or by an animal attack, it can be very traumatic to the victim. The person will have to cope with the feeling of being a different person, as well as the reaction they get from other people.