Millions of car accidents happen a year, and many of these accidents are caused by distracted, drunk or aggressive driving.
While there are seatbelts, airbags and other safety devices that are designed to minimize someone’s injuries in a wreck, the head and brain still remain uniquely vulnerable to injuries. Here are a few types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that are common in car crashes:
Concussions are one of the most common head traumas people suffer. A concussion happens when the head suffers a blow or strike. People often suffer concussions in car accidents, sports injuries and slip and falls. A concussion can lead to dizziness and confusion. In some cases, someone who’s suffered a concussion can black out and experience memory loss.
Much like a bruise on the arm after getting hit, the brain can suffer a bruise called a contusion. People often suffer contusions and concussions simultaneously. A brain contusion can swell up and put pressure on the head leading to headaches.
If a brain contusion swells up too much it can hemorrhage, which is one of the more dangerous TBIs. Brain hemorrhage means the brain is bleeding. Brain bleeding can damage brain cells and cause fatal medical conditions.
4. Skull fracture
Some people suffer strikes to the head that damage the skull. A damaged skull could cause the bone to cave in and put pressure on the skull. Or a skull or fracture from the strike and damage to the brain. Fragments of bone can also lodge themselves into the skull and damage the brain.
Car accidents can affect people’s development, limit lifespan and cause permanent disabilities. If a victim is suffering from a TBI, they may have medical bills and other losses that deserve fair compensation.