Drunk Driving Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries And Death

by Terry Bryant

Drunk driving car accidents should never happen, and yet they are some of the most common crashes in the country. Every 90 seconds, someone is hurt by an intoxicated motorist, a staggering statistic that may still underestimate the impact these crashes have on society. Because motorists under the influence have little ability to control their vehicles, they often cause head-on and high-speed collisions that are much more likely to result in severe injury and death.

Drunk driving car accidents are capable of causing all kinds of injury, including contusions, lacerations, burns, broken bones, internal trauma like hemorrhaging, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs are especially problematic because even a minor injury to the brain or spine can have a massive impact on the body. These injuries can cause chronic pain and nausea, speech and motor dysfunction, paralysis, behavioral issues, mood disorders, and cognitive impairment. People who suffer TBIs may be unable to return to their former quality of life, and may even require ongoing care to live day to day.

And that’s assuming the victim is able to survive the crash, because many don’t. Those that do will likely face a permanent loss of life quality, an inability to work or engage in previous activities, or even think clearly. Such impairments are profound and costly, and families affected by such carelessness deserve closure and restitution.