How a Car Crash Can Change Your Life Forever

A car crash is always unforeseen, and the consequences are often life-changing. A serious injury that requires many months of medical treatment is often chaotic and emotionally and physically draining, even for a minor injury.

Head injuries are a common injury in an auto collision, and these injuries carry very serious consequences. In many cases there will be a permanent impairment of cognitive abilities, motor skills or both. Even a minor concussion can leave the person with severe headaches, emotional instability, depression and other symptoms. Some of these symptoms may not be immediately recognized as being associated with a head injury.

One of the most difficult situations is when the memory has been affected, either short memory or long term memory. An unusual case reported by Business Insider involved a racecar driver, Fernando Alonso. His car hit the wall at a speed of about 93 mph. He lost consciousness for a period and appeared confused, and due to his symptoms, was airlifted to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

Upon being questioned by medical professionals at the hospital, Mr. Alonso had no memory of the prior twenty years of his life. The brain injury he suffered affected his memory to such a degree that he had literally no memory of two decades, and considered himself to be 13 years old. This form of memory loss is termed retrograde amnesia, and can be a symptom of a serious brain injury or concussion. Some people recover all or most of the lost memories, while others cannot, and must relearn the entirety of their lives, including meeting spouse and children as if for the first time – a difficult situation for everyone. Thankfully, Mr. Alonso is reported to have recovered fully.

Another type of amnesia, called anterograde amnesia, leaves the person unable to create new memories. The inability to retain new information makes life extremely difficult, with challenges that are almost unimaginable. What was learned in one moment can be forgotten almost instantly.

Specialists who work with those suffering from brain injuries have developed methods to assist the person to deal with this serious impairment. Some people must be retaught how to speak, walk and do any of life’s most basic tasks.

The prognosis for any victim in a car accident is often uncertain, particularly in cases of brain injuries. While some patients recover fully, others may never regain their abilities, or will live with significant mental impairments. Medical professionals cannot advise families of what to expect with regard to a full recovery, as each person varies in response to treatment.

Other life-changing injuries commonly associated with car accidents include spinal cord injuries and paralysis, disfiguring injuries and amputations.

A car accident is often not strictly speaking, an accident. It is the result of an act of negligence, when another driver acted by failing to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others, and in doing so, injured others. Acts of negligence include drunk driving, speeding, texting while driving and other types of distracted driving, as well as drowsy driving. If a driver gets behind the wheel and puts others in danger, they can be held accountable for injuries and loss of quality of life through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. These legal actions fall under the jurisdiction of the state’s civil court system.

8 Comments on How a Car Crash Can Change Your Life Forever

  1. Laurie
    February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing this important information. It is a great reminder of the need to drive responsibly.

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  2. Elden Gatley
    March 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I agree that some people will have to relearn to speak. I think this can cause havoc in their lives. If they don’t have representation, they may not end up getting the financial repercussions resolved.

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  3. Westly Smith
    April 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    It’s true that car accidents can change your life forever. I agree with you that most accidents aren’t an accident at all. Most are caused by negligence. That’s why I would get a lawyer if I ever got in a wreck. They can help you get back to where you need to be.

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  4. Ignacio bufkinn
    August 25, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Words can not express how reading your post, made me feel. It speaks volumes about your strength of character, and character in general.

    A nice piece of writing as is the norm with what you share. Character-building experiences typically come at us unsought and go unrecognised. Perhaps this one was too obvious to miss. Thank you for sharing your perspective on it.

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  5. Kate Stewart
    September 5, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I concur that a few people will need to relearn to talk. I think this can bring about ruin in their lives. On the off chance that they don’t have representation, they may not wind up getting the money related repercussions determined.

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  6. Christopher Montes de Oca
    September 23, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Hii,
    Its absolutely true that car accident can change your whole life.So,always follow the driving rules.

    Thanks,for sharing this valuable information with us.

    Reply
  7. Christopher Montes de Oca
    November 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Hii
    It is true that car crash definitely changed our life.So,in order to save our life from these circumstances ,you have to be alert and always follows the driving rules.

    Head injuries are a common injury in an auto collision, and these injuries carry very serious consequences.So,please always wear a helmet while driving a motorbike.

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  8. Brian
    December 13, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Car accidents, especially bad ones, can really turn your life on end. It’s important to seek the best medical help and a good lawyer to make sure your interests are taken care of. Thanks for sharing your story,

    Reply

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