Surviving Injury

Substance Impaired Driving

Substance impaired driving is defined as the operation of a vehicle by a driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs that renders them unable to drive safely, posing a danger to themselves and others on the road. Substance impaired driving crashes cause hundreds of thousands of injuries each year to victims/survivors who, through no fault of their own, must now cope with the aftermath of a crash.

Complicated Feelings and Reactions

When you have been injured in a substance impaired driving crash, you may experience physical and emotional consequences that you never expected. You may experience physical pain beyond anything you have ever felt before. In spite

of the pain, you may rejoice simply because you are alive. Or you may truly wish that you had died, feeling that an escape from pain would be a blessing. Your mood may vary and life may seem unbalanced. You may fluctuate on a daily basis between feeling angry and hopeless to remaining committed to getting better

Your feelings may change quickly, from hour to hour or day to day.

as soon as you are able. How you feel about your future may depend on your emotional and physical pain, success or failure on any given day, and the amount of hope you have for the future.

Physical Impact

After a crash, naturally the first thing people focus on are the physical injuries. There are many different kinds of physical trauma that can occur as a result of a substance impaired driving crash. Some crashes will cause non-permanent injuries, while others may have long lasting effects. If you have recently experienced a crash but haven’t seen a physician, you should

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