Nearly Half of Spinal Cord Injuries Occur in Motor Vehicle Accidents.
A spinal cord injury, depending on the severity and location, could disable a person for life. It could result in the loss of feeling and function of one’s body, leaving one totally dependent on others to survive.
The spinal cord, the central bundle of nerves extending from the brain and branching across the body, transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is located within the spinal column and any damage to it could affect the spinal cord and result in temporary or permanent neurological impairments.
The CDC states,
- Motor vehicle accidents cause 46% of spinal cord injuries with 22% caused by falls.
- Use of seatbelts and airbags in a vehicle can reduce the chances of such an injury by 80%.
- The estimated lifetime cost of a spinal cord injury can range from $500,000 to $3 million.