When a motor vehicle accident occurs, especially in pedestrian or bicycling cases, often times a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the outcome. As far as all brain injuries go, one occurs every 9 seconds in the U.S.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month and we want to help spread awareness of this issue. As personal injury attornies, we see these injuries up close and how they affect people and their families. Quite honestly, it’s devastating; but our job is to make sure they are taken care of by the best doctors and that they get the compensation they deserve.
Here are some important statistics to know about TBI according to the Brain Injury Association of America:
- TBI is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
- The number of people who sustain TBIs and do not seek treatment is unknown.
- One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI- related disability
- The yearly impact of TBI in the U.S. is significant:
- At least 2.5 million adults and children sustain a TBI
- 2.2 million are treated for TBI in Emergency Rooms
- 280,000 are hospitalized for TBI
- 50,000 die from TBI
- 5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability
TBI in Personal Injury or Car Accident Cases
40.5% of traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls, 15.5% are caused by things striking people and 14.3% are caused by motor vehicle accidents. The other percentage is from assaults and unknown. When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, it is not just them who are affected. Their family members and friends also have to deal with the emotional trauma and most likely their own lives will change, many of them taking a caregiver role. It also is not just a personal injury attorney that usually has to get involved. The victim will also most likely need a disability claims attorney, a wills and estates attorney and possibly more. Their employer will also be affected as they will possibly be losing an employee who has to go on disability.
So what can you do to help prevent TBI? Simple. Drive safely and defensively. Do not text, drink or drive while you are tired and avoid all distractions. By driving safer, you are less likely to cause an accident and potentially cause a TBI to yourself or another person.