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Half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by car accidents

Most drivers have experienced a car crash. Usually, these are minor fender-benders that cause minimal damage and no severe injuries. For some drivers, though, accidents can be much more serious.

Some crashes can result in traumatic brain injury. In fact, over half of all traumatic brain injuries are the result of car accidents.

Understanding traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head is subjected to an outside force, causing the soft tissue of the brain to slam into the skull. The force required for a traumatic brain injury does not need to be major: Even a relatively minor impact could cause serious brain dysfunction. The skull hitting the steering wheel or dashboard, for example, could easily produce brain trauma.

Many traumatic brain injuries do not necessarily produce an open head wound, unless the skull was punctured or fractured during the crash. This means that there is often no physical sign of a traumatic brain injury. If you have sustained a head injury in a car crash, you should seek immediate medical attention—even if you do not have any visible wounds.

Car-related traumatic brain injury

Many of the traumatic brain injuries that result from car accidents are just that: Accidents. While some accidents are inevitable, others are caused by the fault of another party. In these cases, particularly in cases that result in traumatic brain injury, the victim may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

It is the responsibility of car manufacturers to evaluate their vehicles for safety along every step of the manufacturing process. In some cases, the negligent or faulty design of a car or one of its parts may have contributed to the traumatic brain injury. There can be serious legal ramifications if an automobile did not protect its occupant as it should have.

Accidents can also be the fault of another driver. Perhaps the driver was behaving in a way that was negligent or reckless, like speeding, disregarding traffic laws, driving while distracted or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In these instances, the driver may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.

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