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Motor vehicle accidents leading cause of spinal cord injury

A recent post on this blog explained that car accidents can cause many different types of injuries, including spinal cord injuries. Not only can motor vehicle accidents in West Virginia cause such injuries, but they are one of the leading causes of them.

In a data sample by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) vehicular accidents were the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. The data does not account for all spinal cord injuries in the country, but it is a statistical sample of people who have suffered spinal cord injuries between September 2005 and March 2015. That data showed that vehicular accidents accounted for about 39 percent of the spinal cord injuries in the sample.

Not surprisingly, the NSCISC data shows that auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries within the vehicular accidents category. The NSCISC describes auto accidents as those involving cars, buses, trucks and other types of motor vehicles. By contrast, bicycles, which caused about 2.8 percent of spinal cord injuries in the sample, are included in the vehicular accidents category, but are not considered autos.

While auto accidents led to about 27 percent of the spinal cord injuries in the sample, motorcycle accidents were the second leading cause within the vehicular accidents category, accounting for 6.8 percent of spinal cord injuries.

Outside of vehicular accidents, falls were the second leading cause of spinal cord injury from the data sample. Violence and sports accidents were the remaining two categories.

Like most other parts of the country, motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence in the Charleston area. Just about any auto accident can cause some kind of injury, and the more serious accidents can lead to severe injuries like a spinal cord injury. People who fall victim to such injuries due to a negligent driver may want to pursue a lawsuit against that driver to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

Source: NCSISC, "Recent Trends in Causes of Spinal Cord Injury," Accessed on Dec. 11, 2015

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