Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, which can affect people for a lifetime.
Traumatic brain injuries can make daily life very difficult for people of all ages, from children who hit their head on playgrounds to elderly people who fall because of unaddressed nursing home hazards. However, many people in Connecticut and across the country have suffered a TBI because of an auto accident, and it is vital for drivers to acknowledge how prevalent traffic-related TBIs actually are.
The scope of the problem
Between 2006 and 2010, traffic accidents were the third largest cause of traumatic brain injuries among people of all ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the course of these years, traffic wrecks were the main cause of traumatic brain injury-related death for those between the ages of 5 and 24. Also during the same timeframe, traffic collisions were the second largest cause of deaths related to TBIs for all age groups and the primary cause of TBI-related hospitalization for people who were between 15 and 44 years of age.
Identifying a traumatic brain injury
When an auto accident takes place, some of the consequences are immediately visible, such as a broken bone or totaled vehicle. On the other hand, brain injuries are not always detectable in the hours and days following a crash, which highlights the importance of understanding the warning signs of a TBI as soon as possible. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has outlined a number of symptoms that people should watch out for if they think they may have suffered a brain injury, including the following:
- Feeling weak in the legs or arms
- Relentless nausea
- Seizures, pupil dilation or convulsions
- Persistent headaches or speech problems
For those who hit their head in a car accident, keeping an eye out for these symptoms is vital. It is also important for them to know that it may takes weeks for these symptoms to show up. For parents whose children were involved in a motor vehicle collision, closely monitoring the children for any of these symptoms is paramount.
The impact of a TBI
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every brain injury is unique. When it comes to determining the effects of a TBI, there are a wide range of issues to consider. For example, the part of the brain that was injured, the nature of the accident and the level of force can all play a role in the extent to which one suffers.
After sustaining a TBI, someone may have difficulty performing certain tasks, have high blood pressure or experience troubles related to bowel control. Moreover, they may walk, talk, behave or think in a different manner. Some people who are struggling with this condition because of another's negligence find value in talking with an experienced attorney.