Brain Injury and Car Accidents

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) don’t just happen to professional athletes who get hit in the head too many times, they happen to regular people, every day. The second leading cause of brain injuries is motor vehicle accidents. Even though it’s the second leading cause of brain injuries across the country, car crashes result in the highest percentage of TBI-related deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 1.7 million TBI’s occur each year.

What is a TBI?

A traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden traumatic event damages the brain. It can happen when something strikes the head or an object pierces the skull. It can also happen when the brain moves around inside of the skull. Since high speeds and brutally abrupt stops are common with car accidents, brain injuries are also frequently seen after crashes. Brain injuries can be mild, moderate or severe depending upon the amount of damage involved.

Car Accidents and Teen TBI

A 2012 article from Forbes reports on the result of a study which shows that car crashes are the leading cause of fatal head trauma among teenagers. Of the more than 55,000 teens who were seriously injured in car accidents between 2009 and 2010, 30 percent suffered from acute head injuries.

Invisible Scars

Recovering from and living with a brain injury is difficult. One of the hardest parts of living with a brain injury is that your scars are essentially invisible. In most cases, nobody can see your brain injury. You are dealing with the after-effects of an injury that may be difficult to explain to loved ones, acquaintances, classmates and coworkers.

After Any Car Accident

After any car accident, you should get medically evaluated. Even if you feel fine at first, you need to see a doctor. Many brain injuries characteristically have a delayed onset of subtle symptoms. You may feel a little shaken up, but you need to see a doctor in case you have a brain injury. Stabilization and healing can take time, but brain injuries are one of the most difficult injuries to heal. Sensory processing problems, memory issues, cognitive and communication problems are just a few of the subtle, but life-altering symptoms that can appear after a brain injury. Getting medically evaluated needs to be a top priority for anybody who has been injured in a crash.

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