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How might a drunk driving accident affect a victim’s life?

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drunk driving is a serious crime that claims thousands of lives every year. In addition to tragic fatalities, those who survive a drunk driving accident often face a long and difficult road to recovery.

The ramifications of a drunk driving road accident can extend far beyond physical injuries, leaving lasting scars on a victim’s physical, emotional and financial well-being.

The body bears the brunt of physical injuries

The most immediate consequence of a drunk driving accident is physical injuries. These injuries can be minor cuts and bruises or severe fractures, internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The road to recovery from these injuries can be a long and painful process, requiring:

  • Extensive medical treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

Not to mention that some victims may be left with permanent disabilities, impacting their mobility, independence and ability to work.

Emotional trauma

Many people don’t realize that the emotional trauma following a drunk driving accident can be just as devastating as the physical injuries. Victims may experience a range of emotions, including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance are all common symptoms of PTSD, which can significantly impact daily life.
  • Anxiety and depression: The fear of driving again or even being a passenger in a car is a common phobia developed by victims. This fear, coupled with the stress of medical bills and lost wages, can lead to depression.
  • Anger and resentment: The knowledge of the possibility that their life has been forever altered due to someone else’s recklessness can understandably lead to anger and resentment towards the drunk driver.

The trauma following a car accident can disrupt daily functioning, impair relationships and hinder recovery efforts. This may necessitate specialized treatment and therapy.

The road to recovery from a drunk driving accident can be long and difficult, but with proper support, victims can find ways to move forward. Victims of car accidents caused by a drunk driving accident can benefit from experienced legal counsel to help hold the responsible driver accountable for their harm and to recoup losses inspired by their wreck.