Our brains are the control centers of our bodies. They regulate every bodily process and function. Even when we are sleeping, our brains are still hard at work, keeping our hearts beating and our breath flowing. When our brains are injured, the consequences can be many. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries.
Every year, 1.4 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Falls cause 28% of TBIs. The second most common cause, however, is motor vehicle accidents. When the data is limited to people between the ages of 5 and 24, motor vehicle accidents become the number one cause of TBI.
TBIs occur when the head is hit, the neck is jerked, or the brain is pierced by an object. When these things happen, the brain moves inside the head and crashes against the skull, potentially causing bruising, tears, and bleeding.
There can be many symptoms of TBIs, such as the loss of consciousness, memory loss, and concussions. A loss of consciousness may range from a mild feeling of being dazed to being in a coma. People with TBIs may lose memories from before the accident, after the accident, or both. They may also exhibit symptoms typically associated with concussions, such as disorientation, dizziness, and nausea.
In the worst case scenario, TBI may cause death. In fact, the CDC reports that TBIs contribute to “about 30% of all injury deaths.”
To reduce the likelihood of brain injury in a crash, you can take the following steps:
- Always wear a seatbelt and do not operate the car until everyone in it is wearing a seatbelt
- Use a car seat for children, when recommended, and ensure proper installation by visiting a Certified Passenger Safety Technician
- Make sure your head rests are appropriately adjusted based on the height of each passenger
Too often, severe brain damage occurs in motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the fault of another driver, the attorneys of Blackburn & Green are here to help. We offer free initial consultations at our 27 office locations or at your home or hospital room. Call (800) 444-1112 or (260) 422-4400 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.