While some car accidents are minor inconveniences, others are quite serious. Fortunately, the number of traffic fatalities on U.S. roadways has fallen in recent years. Still, the number of serious car accidents remains almost alarmingly high. 

Like many of your friends and family members, you lead an active lifestyle. A sudden traffic accident, though, may make performing even everyday tasks virtually impossible. Here are three ways a car accident may cause paralysis: 

  1. Traumatic brain injury 

During a collision, you may bump your head against a hard part of your car’s interior. Alternatively, you may decelerate at such a rate that your brain smashes into your skull. Either way, you may sustain a TBI. While headaches, blurred vision, dizziness and confusion are common symptoms of a TBI, you may also experience paralysis. That is, if your TBI includes damage to your brain’s motor cortex, you may be unable to move certain parts of your body. 

  1. Spinal cord injury 

Your spinal cord is a collection of nerve tissues that extends from your brain stem to your lower back. Because it delivers important signals from your brain to the rest of your body, your spinal cord is essential. Nonetheless, a car accident may cause a bruise, cut or tear to your spinal cord. If this happens, you may develop paralysis. Regrettably, as spinal cord injuries are difficult to treat, paralysis from one may last a lifetime.

  1. Limb injury 

Your extremities are vulnerable to injury during any type of car accident. If you sustain nerve damage, however, your brain may not be able to communicate with your arms, legs, fingers or toes. As a result, you may become incapable of moving these parts of your body. Furthermore, severe muscular damage may also result in a form of paralysis.

While you may sustain a variety of injuries in a car crash, some are more serious than others. Clearly, if you lose sensation or movement in part of your body, your life may never be the same again. Accordingly, following any car accident, it is important to seek a full medical examination.