Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has become a household name in Hollywood blockbusters and comedy specials over the last decade. Known for his particular comedic style that pulls influences from Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac, Hart has been set on a rapid pace of fame and fortune.

Unfortunately, a few months ago, Hart and two other passenger were involved in a serious car accident. All three parties were injured, but alive. The crash happened over Labor Day weekend in Hart’s vintage muscle car; it has been labeled as a horrible accident. According to police reports, the driver of Hart’s vehicle lost control of the vehicle while driving the curves of the famous Mulholland Highway in Malibu. Labor Day weekend is the second deadliest weekend to drive in America; only Fourth of July ranks higher in the number of accidents and fatalities. It is also one of the busiest weekends to drive in the US.

Hart who was a passenger at the time of the accident suffered from both minor and major traumas. The car crash required the comedian and actor to undergo spinal surgery to fuse two fractures in his vertebrae. Hart stated he felt a tremendous amount of pain and had to be heavily medicated for his injuries.

While spinal fusion surgeries are relatively common, there is an extra layer of risk due to the unforeseen implication of the car crash’s trauma. Besides using spinal fusion as a way to repair fractures in the spine’s vertebrae, it is sometimes recommended for chronic low back pain. With another surgery, there are potential complications and risk factors such as a failed fusion or infection.

Hart’s surgery has been largely deemed a success; however, his journey to a full recovery has just begun. Hart will reportedly need to go through intensive physical therapy for many months. He did not experience any form of paralysis from his fractures. His physical therapy will likely work to re-establish his muscle strength as well as some motor and coordination skills.