Drinking and driving isn’t cool or hip. It isn’t the thing to be doing, and not everybody is doing it. People get taught from an early age that these activities don’t mix. They learn that if they get behind the wheel intoxicated, there’s a very good chance something bad will happen. So, many of us steer clear of these situations. Instead of driving drunk, we hail taxis, call Ubers, or ride home with friends.

But just because that’s what you’re doing in Lakewood Ranch, you can’t control what the person in the lane next to you will do, and so on. Thus, a crash can occur, even if the roads are relatively empty and you don’t do anything wrong. You’ll only need to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and bam, a drunk driver could change your life forever. The following are some common injuries that might present themselves after an automotive accident.

Partial Or Full Paralysis

Violent and chaotic are how most people describe car crashes, and that is because those words define them to a tee. They shake and rattle people’s bodies. Not to mention, the events leave people pinned and trapped by metal, plastic, and other materials. When victims get hit, twisted, or entangled just right, spinal injuries sometimes enter the picture. Then, individuals are left partially or fully paralyzed. The conditions can be short or long-term, depending on what happened, but the point is that partial or full paralysis could become a reality for you following a wreck with a drunk driver.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, a car crash might leave a person with a mild concussion and one they recover from in a day or two. Meanwhile, it is also possible for severe brain damage that impacts an individual’s way of life to be an outcome. TBI symptoms vary from one person to the next. However, if you’re ever in a car crash, signs indicating you may have a traumatic brain injury include but are not limited to:

• Mild to severe headache
• Dizziness and fatigue
• Depression and anxiety
• Loss of coordination
• Blurred or double vision

Fractured And Broken Bones

With body parts getting pinned in auto accidents and bodies getting thrown around like rag dolls, it’s easy to see how bones can get fractured and broken. After all, they can only take so much abuse. Sure, you can hit your shin on the coffee table in the middle of the night and probably not have to worry about long-term damage. The same can be said for smacking your pinky toe on your bed frame, a table, or a door. However, because of the violent nature of car crashes, it shouldn’t come as any surprise if you have one or more fractured or broken bones after getting into a wreck.

Some Final Words

These are only some of the injuries Lakewood Ranch motorists can sustain in accidents with drunk drivers. Therefore, don’t fret if you obtain others. That is to be expected. Did you know that you might have the grounds to seek compensation for your damages? It’s true. Don’t get stuck with a mountain of debt for injuries that are no fault of your own. Rather, contact us to schedule a free case review and seek the compensation you’re owed. An attorney from our firm will be happy to help you determine the best path to take.