Car Wrecks Tyler chumita

Part I:

What I Knew:

-They happen everyday

-Some are fatal, others harmless it just depends on where/how fast

-Major car accidents can have an impact on life for the rest of life

-They can be very expensive from car repair to hospital bills

What I Don't Know/Want to Know:

-An exact number of car accidents per day/month/year

-On average, what is the total cost from a wreck

-Can they be avoided?

-Is there long term effects, if so what are they?

-Can some people suffer PTSD from tragic accidents?

Part II:

-What are some of the long term effects of a car wreck?

-On average, what is the total cost when an accident happens?

-If the wreck is severe enough, can a person suffer PTSD?

-What are the major causes and how can they be prevented?

-How many car accidents happen per day/month/year? How many of those are fatal?

My brother in law and my sister were on their way back from Louisiana when they got a flat tire by Nashville, they pulled off onto the side of the road to change the tire. As my brother in law was changing it, a car on the highway ran into the back of their parked car and hit him directly. He suffered a broken leg and my sister had neck injuries, I am interested in learning more about my topic to see the overall picture of how a wreck effects other people. I have seen the short term effects, such as not being able to work, not being able to walk and spending a lot of money in the hospital/physical therapy. Thankfully, they are for the most part, completely healed and back to normal life.

Part III: The Search

-Some answers were harder to find than others

-I was surprised with how big PTSD was in relation to car wrecks

-The total cost suprised me

-It was difficult to find how to prevent them other than the typical "don't text and drive" or "drive sober"

Part III cont:

-As I continued my search, I become fascinated with PTSD and shifted to that, I didn't think it would be such a major topic when talking about car wrecks

-My website, gave a lot of numbers and stats which was very helpful

-Also, the website, which was about PTSD answered my one essential question in great depth

-I did run into a few roadblocks however, my interview gave me some examples but did not answer my questions and the website on prevention did not really help me answer the question on how car wrecks can be prevented

Part IV:

Long term effects:

-Between 15% and 40% of individuals who sustain a whiplash injury will go on to develop chronic neck pain (Car Accident Injury).

-Among those who are hospitalized for a traumatic brain injury, 43% continue to suffer from an associated disability one year following their injury (Car Accident Prevention).

-Although falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, car accidents and traffic related incidents lead to the largest percentage of deaths due to traumatic brain injuries (31.8%) (Car Accident Injury).


-Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person (Road Crash Statistics).

-Over 100 billion dollars are spent every year to take care of the damage caused by auto accidents. (Road Crash Statistics).

-The average hospital bill typically is about $2,500. That's just for the precautionary tests (Chumita).


-Studies of the general population have found that approximately 9% of MVA survivors develop PTSD (Car Accident Injury).

-In one large study of MVA survivors who sought treatment, 27% had an anxiety disorder in addition to their PTSD, and 15% reported a phobia of driving (PTSD: National Center for PTSD).

-Apart from warfare, motor vehicle accidents have become a leading cause of PTSD (PTSD: National Center for PTSD).


-While talking or texting on a cell phone or driving your friends around are tempting, they’re dangerous distractions because they take your focus off the road (Car Accident Prevention).

-Make sure you buckle up every time you get into the car, as a driver and a passenger (Car Accident Injury).

-The best way to protect yourself behind the wheel? Gain experience (Car Accident Prevention).

Inside the Numbers:

-About one-third of all traumatic brain injuries in adolescents (10 to 19 years of age) occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents (Chumita).

-42% of all in-hospital deaths in adolescents with traumatic brain injuries are because of motor vehicle accidents (Car Accident Injury).

-Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad (Road Crash Statistics).

-Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day (Road Crash Statistics).

-Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030 (Road Crash Statistics).


-I really enjoyed this project and learning more about car wrecks

-I got a lot of answers from multiple sources for 4 of my 5 questions

-I was hoping to find a more in depth answer to preventing car wrecks not just the typical answers that we see everyday

-If I could change one thing it would be my pace

-Overall, I was satisfied with the answers I got and the things I learned throughout this

Works Cited

"Car Accident Injury: Common Types & Long Term Issues." Long Term Impact of Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents Comments. N.p., 24 Nov. 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

"Car Accident Prevention." TeenDriverSource. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

Chumita, Tom. "Dublin Methodist Hospital Respiratory Therapist" Personal Interview. 15 March 2017.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD." Traumatic Stress and Motor Vehicle Accidents - PTSD: National Center for PTSD. N.p., 01 Jan. 2007. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

"Road Crash Statistics." ASIRT. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

"Survivor Stories." Survivor Stories - After Trauma. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

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