Fortunately, most motor vehicle accidents involve light impacts that result in damage to one or both vehicles, and perhaps some minor injuries. However, occasionally a car crash can be so severe that one of the drivers or passengers suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A serious TBI can result in a premature death, and even if the victim survives it, it can have lasting effects that will severely limit the victim’s quality of life for years or decades to come.
How TBIs occur
When a vehicle is travelling at considerable speed and suddenly stops due to an impact, the force of the collision can result in a driver or passenger’s head slamming into the steering wheel, dashboard or window of the car. This impact jars the brain and causes it to collide with the inside of the person’s skull, resulting in damage.
In a mild case of TBI, the victim may merely suffer a temporary concussion that will heal itself within days or weeks. In more severe cases, the brain tissue can tear and hemorrhage, causing extensive damage. 22% of people who suffer severe TBIs die shortly thereafter.
The symptoms of TBIs
Moderate and severe TBIs can limit your brain’s capacity to perform regular functions, such as managing your body’s coordination, your eyesight and your hearing. It can affect your ability to regulate your emotions, and it can limit your ability to think clearly, understand and remember information.
If you are fortunate enough to belong to the 26% of TBI victims whose condition improves, you may be able to slowly regain functions and return to a normal life. If not, then you may need therapy and other treatments for the rest of your life in order to prevent your condition from worsening.
Motor vehicle accidents cause immeasurable amounts of suffering for their victims every year. Fortunately, no TBI victim has to suffer the consequences of their crash without the ability to seek compensation for the condition that they have to live with for the rest of their life as a result of someone else’s negligent driving.