Distractions are an unfortunate side effect of driving for many motorists. Whether the distractions are visual, cognitive, manual or a combination of the three, they are avoidable. It might seem as if the only distractions motorists must avoid are cellphones. However, any activity or action that interferes with the ability of motorists to operate their vehicles safely is a distraction that carries serious risks.
Distracted motor vehicle collisions cause damage and trauma that are similar to alcohol/DUI incidents. Here are a few of the life-changing injuries that occur in distracted driving accidents.
Broken, fractured bones
The human body is not made to handle the impact and forces involved in car accidents. When distractions are present, accident victims cannot mitigate the amount of trauma they may incur. The force and weight of car parts, glass, debris and other factors often lead to accident victims having broken and fractured bones.
Spinal cord and head trauma
The impact and forceful nature of car accidents are enough to cause serious trauma to the brain and spinal cord in accident victims. Penetration wounds and crush injuries are also common that can cause significant trauma to the soft tissues of the spinal cord and brain.
Disfigurement and burns
Fire and burn injuries are common in collisions that involve distractions. The speed of vehicles involved in the accident, the presence of flammable chemicals and other fire hazards can create conditions that result in chemical and regular burns and disfigurement. Burn injuries can occur as minor abrasions – first degree, mild – second degree or third degree, which are more serious, and require skin grafts and ongoing medical therapy.
It does not take much to distract some motorists. Take precautions and use responsible driving practices to keep you and your loved ones safe when on the roads.