Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) for Americans, as they cause more than 17 percent of all TBIs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite the fact that car accidents are the second leading cause for TBI in the U.S., they are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury-related deaths, causing more than 30 percent of such fatalities.
Some of the ways in which drivers can sustain traumatic brain injuries during car accidents include by:
- Sustaining severe whiplash, which could cause their brain to hit the inside of their skull and result in a TBI
- Hitting their heads very hard against the steering wheel, airbag, back of the seat, window or door, etc.
- Having an object break through the windshield or other window in the vehicle and hit or penetrate their head
- Being thrown from the vehicle and hitting their heads on another vehicle or the blacktop.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can range from being mild and treatable to being extremely severe and resulting in a number of permanent disabilities, which – in the worst cases – will impair a person’s ability to move, think, speak, etc. While the exact symptoms that an individual will experience will depend on the area(s) of the brain that have been injured, as well as the extent/severity of the injury sustained, some symptoms can take days or weeks to become apparent (while others may be immediately obvious).
In general, however, some symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include (but are not limited to):
- Confusion and disorientation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Speaking problems, including slurred speech
- Blurry vision, ringing in the ears or other sensory impairments
- Increased anxiety
- Mood swings
- Lack of coordinate
- Loss of consciousness.
When you or a loved one begins to develop any of these symptoms of traumatic brain injury after having been involved in any type of traffic accident, you may be entitled to compensation if another driver’s negligence (or the negligence of any other party) played a role in causing the accident and injury.
Centennial Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Centennial personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.