Brain Injury Awareness Month: Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury


Every day, 153 people on average die every day in the U.S. from injuries that include a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. In fact, more than 2.8 million sustain a TBI each year. Falls are the most common cause of TBIs, followed by being struck by or against an object. Auto accidents are the third largest cause of TBIs. (statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC)

A TBI is a head injury caused by a bump, jolt or blow to the head that interrupts the normal brain function. This injury can be mild, such as a concussion, or severe where the victim experiences unconsciousness or memory loss.

How the Brain Is Injured in an Accident

Victims of a car accident may experience blunt trauma to the skull when it strikes an object like the steering wheel or windshield. But the head doesn’t have to be penetrated or fractured for a TBI to occur.

This is because the force of the accident, for example when the car comes to an abrupt stop, may cause the brain to strike against the inside of the skull. This damage, which may not be visible when the accident occurs, can cause bruising of the brain and hemorrhaging.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Result in Devastating Consequences

A mild traumatic brain injury like a concussion may have only a temporary effect on the brain cells, but a more serious injury that results in brain damage can cause long-term complications and even death.

Mild TBIs may cause:

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Speech problems

  • Blurred vision

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Sound or light sensitivity

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Mood swings

  • Cognitive problems

  • Concentration issues

In addition to the above, a more severe TBI can cause convulsions or seizures, pupil dilation, extremity weakness, difficulty waking up, profound confusion, slurred speech, loss of coordination and coma.

This month during Brain Injury Awareness Month, you can read more about TBIs at this Brain Injury Association website.

A TBI can change a victim’s life. Immediate and future needs can include extensive medical treatments, rehabilitation stays, physical therapy, assistive devices and major lifestyle changes. If you or a family member has experienced a TBI from any type of accident, please consult with us on your eligibility for compensation for your injuries.

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