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Car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries

There are many common injuries resulting from car accidents. Some may only be mild in nature, but others, such as traumatic brain injuries, can have lifelong consequences. Did you know that motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of TBI in the United States?


Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) refer to sudden damage to the brain which can occur due to a closed or open head injury. Closed head injuries can occur when a head strikes a windshield or dashboard in a car accident. Motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents and collision-related accidents have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Victims can also suffer primary and secondary brain damage associated with traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injury hospital visits and deaths are increasing

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as "TBI"s, are in increasingly serious problem. The total combined number of traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths has increased over the past 10 years. The combined rate of TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths increased from 521 per 100,000 in 2001 to 615 per 100,000 in 2005. The rates spiked slightly in 2008 following a decline and then continued to increase through 2010 to a rate of 823 per 100,000. The total combined rates are driven by the relatively high number of emergency department visits for TBI.

What injuries do car accident victims most commonly suffer?

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries. During 2012 in the United States, greater than 5.6 million car accidents were reported. Of the accidents reported, 1.6 million involved injuries and 30,000 involved fatalities. The economic costs of car accidents are estimated to be $277 billion each year. Each car accident is unique and the experience of each car accident victim is unique, but it is helpful to keep in mind that there are some common car accident injuries.

What is the impact of traumatic brain injuries in children?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and young people. In children and young people aged zero to 19, 62,000 children suffer brain injuries requiring hospitalization annually as a result of motor vehicle accidents and other causes. In addition, 564,000 children are seen and released in emergency rooms annually for traumatic brain injuries.

How do I spot the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

The impact of a traumatic brain injury last a lifetime. However, depending on the nature and severity of the brain injury, brain injuries can sometimes hide or the symptoms may be difficult to immediately spot. Because brain injuries are becoming increasingly common, including as a result of car accidents, it is useful to know the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and how to spot them.

What is it like to live with a brain injury?

Society may not always realize the impact of a traumatic brain injury or the significance of brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can be painful and disruptive to those who are injured and are costly and time-consuming to treat. They can create physical challenges in the lives of victims but may also create disruptions in their work or education. Brain injuries may change how the victims view and approach their lives and the future. Some individuals who have suffered a TBI may wonder what life with a traumatic brain injury is like.

The nature and costs of traumatic brain injuries for victims

In the United States, 1.7 million American suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not always visible and may not be immediately detected, reported or treated. Ah4y can, however, cause lifelong harm for victims.

Understanding the consequences of a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury is a growing problem that causes long term struggles for victims and their families. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can alter the lives of victims and their families and what is normal in an instant. TBIs result from the head of the victim striking an object or an object striking the head of the victim such as in a car accident. Brain injuries can be open or closed in nature.

Diagnosing, treating and the costs associated with brain injuries

A brain injury can result in both immediate and long-term harm to victims. Annually, 1.1 million Americans are treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Additionally, each year, nearly two million adults and children suffer from TBIs. Traumatic brain injuries also lead to a number of deaths annually.

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