A New Jersey driver that was reportedly high on heroin has been blamed for a three vehicle crash. Though this driver received only minor injuries as a result of the motor vehicle accident, another woman involved in the collision suffered broken legs, broken arms, a broken hip and spinal cord injuries that eventually led to her death. Because of the woman's death, the driver accused of causing the crash has now been charged with vehicular homicide. This is in addition to a number of charges that this driver already faces. Spinal cord injuries are unfortunately common among victims involved in serious motor vehicle crashes. Though the consequences of spinal cord injuries do not always lead to death, these types of injuries are almost always severe. Sadly, most individuals can expect to have their lives shortened when serious injuries to the spinal cord occur, and most victims of these injuries generally have diminished enjoyment of life. Also, when victims do survive a crash, family members of the injured individual often are burdened with taking care of the crash victim. This is generally not a small matter. Family members will often be required to expend thousands of dollars in structural changes to the home to accommodate the injured person, and caring for these individuals is often more time consuming than a full time job. Victims and family members of those suffering spinal cord injuries as a result of the carelessness of others need all of the assistance that they can get. Certain personal injury attorneys specialize in assisting such people and understand the financial, physical and emotional costs that these individuals suffer. Source: Seattle Pi, "New charge for driver involved in NJ fatal crash," Nov. 22, 2012
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