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Car Crashes Are Major Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury

car-crash-tbi-imageSome people who are in a New York car crash wind up with a Traumatic Brain Injury – or TBI.

Typically, TBI is caused when the head strikes the dashboard or windshield. But it can also happen when the head is jerked violently back and forth on impact, causing a jarring of the brain inside the skull.

Each year, an average of 1.7 million people nationwide sustain a TBI. This can disrupt not only the life of the victims but also their families.

An accident potentially causing a TBI happened on June 12 on Ocean Parkway at West Gilgo Beach. A driver lost control of a 2006 Chrysler Sebring and struck a sand embankment on the shoulder of the road, according to a New York State Police report. A passenger in the back seat was thrown from the car and suffered a head injury. He was taken to the hospital, although it is unclear if he sustained brain damage.

Motor vehicle collisions are the second-leading cause of TBIs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accounting for 17 percent of brain injuries nationwide. Only falls – which account for 35 percent – cause more brain injuries.

Four Types of TBI Injuries

A non-fatal but severe TBI may result in an extended period of unconsciousness, coma or amnesia, says the CDC.

TBI may lead to short-term or long-term health issues affecting:

  • Cognitive function (attention and memory)
  • Motor function (extremity weakness, impaired coordination and balance)
  • Sensation (hearing, vision, impaired perception and touch)
  • Emotion (depression, anxiety, aggression, impulse control, personality changes)

If you or someone you know has suffered an accidental brain or head injury, contact a New York injury law attorney to find out if you have a right to compensation.


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