Vehicle crashes oftentimes receive a great deal of press attention immediately after the collision, but for those people involved in the crash, the effects can last a long time.
A 51-year-old woman is still recovering from a crash that happened more than two months ago. A 27-year-old man who was allegedly impaired by drugs crossed the center line or the roadway and crashed into the woman’s Toyota. The man reportedly fell asleep while being taken to the police station, and even his ringing cell phone did not wake him up.
Meanwhile, the victim suffered multiple broken bones, nerve damage and two shattered heels. Her feet remain swollen, and doctors do not yet know when she will walk again. She describes feeling immense physical pain as well as severe emotional scars.
She said her self-esteem has taken a hit because of the loss of independence. She also worries about her scars and knows that the emotional toll of the accident will continue for the rest of her life.
I encourage drivers to think about this story and the countless other stories of people who have had their lives forever altered by crashes. Far too many lives are destroyed every day because of people who are not paying attention or who choose to drive while impaired.