Spinal and Paralysis Injuries in Car Accidents
A car accident that causes injuries to the spine – including the vertebrae, ligaments or discs of the spinal column, or to the spinal cord itself – can result in paralysis that affects muscles and nerves below the injury site. The spinal cord links the brain to the rest of the body’s central nervous system. A spinal cord injury (SCI) can cause loss of movement, sensation and control of bodily functions, such as breathing or bowel movements.
About 373,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). Since 2010, 36.5 percent of newly reported SCI cases were the result of motor vehicle crashes, making car, truck and motorcycle accidents the leading cause of spinal and paralysis injuries, ahead of falls and physical assault.