The Brain Injury Association of America reports 2.5 million adults and children in the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Another 795,000 people suffer an acquired brain injury (ABI) from a nontraumatic injury. TBIs can have serious effects on the brain’s functionality. It can affect your ability to think, reason, and remember. Whether the victim of the TBI is a child, adult or infant, a brain injury can have a huge impact on the person and his or her loved ones.
To increase awareness of TBIs, the Brain Injury Association of America recognizes March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain injuries are a growing problem in the U.S. Consider the following statistics:
- TBIs are the leading cause of death and disability for people ages 1-44.
- Brain injuries are often caused by car accidents, sports injuries and falls.
- Every year, there are 52,000 deaths in the U.S. from TBIs.
- 5 million head injuries are seen every year in U.S. emergency rooms.
- Approximately 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports-related brain injuries occur annually.
- At least 5.2 million Americans live with disabilities from a TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Car Accidents
As personal injury attorneys in Dallas, we at Guajardo & Marks have seen many serious TBI cases from car accidents. More than 50% of TBIs reported are from automobile accidents. TBIs often happen in a car accident when the skull hits the steering wheel or windshield. There may or may not be an open wound; it is not necessary for the skull to be penetrated or fractured for a TBI to take place.
In car crashes, the sheer forces involved can cause the brain to smash into the inside of the skull and cause serious damage. This happens because when the head comes to a sudden stop, the brain continues in motion and can hit the bony interior of the skull. This can lead to brain bruising or even bleeding that is not obvious at the time of the accident.
Blunt force trauma is a more serious type of TBI that happens when the moving head hits a stationary object. The head is impacted and there is an open wound.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident where there was a TBI, there are usually two possible avenues to financial compensation. First, you or your loved one could be entitled to damages if the accident was caused due to the negligence of another driver or drivers.
The other way is if the vehicle itself and its safety systems did not perform in a way that was intended, and that malfunction led to the injury. Determining this involves measuring the “crashworthiness” of the automobile; this is a term that is often used when testing and investigating vehicle safety. If it is determined that the TBI may have been caused by an automotive defect, this could be the subject for a product liability lawsuit. In either scenario, speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney is critical.
Have You Suffered a Brain Injury? Contact Guajardo & Marks Today
The personal injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks understand that a brain injury can be a devastating injury that can affect your life forever. If you were injured because of the negligence of another party or a defective product, you could be entitled to compensation. Please contact our Dallas personal injury law office today at 972-774-9800 for a complimentary consultation about your brain injury case.