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Screeching tires, metal crushing on impact and glass shattering are all sounds that easily become ingrained in the memory of accident victims. Traumatic traffic collisions can easily lead to various physical damage, including a person’s brain. The brain is highly vulnerable to consequent pain and suffering experienced by the victim. Loved ones are often most fearful of the recovery process when there has been brain damage.

Understanding a traumatic brain injury (TBI) starts by considering the basics of its classification. There are head injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, the most severe forms of head trauma. A TBI is when a person’s head receives a severe impact disabling normal brain function from occurring. The damage caused to the brain may vary from a temporary state of consciousness to amnesia and/or even a coma.

Quick facts on TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries can cause harm to anyone who is involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. It is also common among elderly people who fall and young people involved in extreme sports without using proper head gear.

Here are more facts about TBIs:

  • 50,000 deaths were attributed to a TBI in 2013
  • Car crashes rank 3rd in highest reason for a TBI
  • TBIs from vehicle accidents affected people ages 5 to 24 years old the most
  • Inability to think clearly and understand former knowledge is a common sign
  • Severe TBIs will affect emotion, cognitive abilities, motor skills and sensory perception

Getting help

When you or a loved one is seriously hurt in a debilitating accident. It is important to seek medical attention right away. Injuries may take time to show the full spectrum of damage that has occurred. It is important to document everything and seek legal assistance for compensation when another driver was at fault for the accident. Your brain is the most valued aspect of functioning through life in a healthy manner. Engage in the recovery process and seek resources. There is help.

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