According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, auto accidents are the third-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States (falls rank #1). TBIs can range from mild concussions that clear up relatively quickly, to permanently disabling injuries and/or premature death.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
Direct blows to the head (e.g., windshield, steering wheel, other wreckage) and whiplash—a sudden back-and-forth jerking of the neck and head—cause the brain to slam against the hard interior of the skull, leading to TBIs. TBIs can also result from objects that penetrate the skull.
As if trauma to the brain wasn’t enough, there may also be bleeding and swelling, which could necessitate surgery. Nerve damage is another common byproduct of TBIs.
The brain has four lobes: frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital. Each is associated with different brain functions. The nature of a TBI may vary from person to person, depending on which lobe(s) was injured. TBIs can result in impaired motor skills and reasoning; diminished ability to process sensory information; memory loss; changes in personality; and compromised language skills and speech perception, among other conditions.
Reduce your risk of incurring an auto accident‒related TBI:
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Make sure your young child is properly secured in a child-safety seat.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal).
- Do not text and drive.
If you suffer a TBI due to another driver’s negligence, contact an auto accident attorney to protect your rights. An attorney can also determine if other factors, such as an automotive defect, played a role in your injury.
Anchorage attorney Ben Crittenden has represented many Alaskans, helping them obtain the compensation they need and protecting that recovery from those who may seek to take advantage of them. Even if you aren’t sure of your rights, call The Law Office of Ben Crittenden today to speak directly with Ben and take that first step toward getting back to your normal life.