TWISTED METAL & BROKEN BONES: A STORY OF RECOVERY
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Car accidents are an unfortunate part of our modern society that can be life altering. In 2015 alone 16,815 people in the United States were killed in car accidents, and 1,068,011 people were injured (Real time traffic, 2017). During 2016 in the state of Michigan alone, there were 11,981 car accidents which resulted in 104 fatalities and 2,085 injuries (Michigan State Police, 2017). Being involved in a serious car accident is a thought many have never considered, but the danger is real. On July 9th, 2016 I became part of the statistic. In this paper, I will explore the effects of traumatic injury on the individual, the healing processes associated with injuries sustained in relation to car accidents, the reintroduction into academia and all the challenges that one might face if they were to find themselves in a similar situation through the lens of my own personal experiences. I will also explore the virtual loss of all independence and mobility while systematically producing a critique of the way the world interacts with those who are confined to a wheelchair, both socially, through general interaction, and physically, through the individuals’ interactions with the environment.