Being rear-ended by a vehicle is a huge stress on your body - and we are not talking about the headache that comes with getting your vehicle repaired. We are talking about the catastrophic injuries that can result from the collision.
When you hear that you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you may not be sure what that means exactly. Does it mean you are terminally injured and likely to die? Does it mean your recovery will never go beyond a certain point? A catastrophic injury is defined as an injury that leads to permanent disability, a fractured neck or serious head injury. Other catastrophic injuries include sudden cardiac arrest or cardiac disruptions. Some kinds of catastrophic injuries do resolve over time. For example, if you suffer a head injury, it may be severe at the time of injury, but with hard work, recovery could be possible.
Driving an automobile is a task we perform on a daily basis without really putting much thought into it. The reality that we are behind the wheel of a piece of machinery weighing thousands of pounds and traveling at high rates of speed becomes almost an afterthought. While we consider ourselves good, safe drivers, we cannot control the actions of other motorists or pedestrians. And a single unplanned, tragic moment can change our lives forever.