Serious car accidents put the driver and passengers at risk for very painful or long-term injuries. Car accidents that involve a fire, ejection from the vehicle, a rollover, or a head-on-collision are very serious and are likely to cause severe injuries that lead to long-term disabilities or even death. Head trauma is a real risk when one is involved in a high-impact car crash. A person’s head can easily slam into the dashboard, steering wheel, airbag or head rest and cause a concussion, head trauma or other traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can lead to short or long-term brain damage with mild to severe symptoms.
Head trauma car accident
Over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) from a study of 2013 data, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI-related visits to the emergency room, hospitalizations and deaths (14 percent) among all age groups. Motor vehicle accidents were the third leading cause of TBI-related deaths (19 percent) in 2013.
A traumatic brain injury or head trauma can occur as a result of any force that strikes, penetrates or fractures the skull. There may be a visible wound such as bruising, swelling or bleeding but head trauma can occur without immediate or obvious symptoms.
Visible head trauma: Blunt trauma occurs in a car accident when the head is flung into and strikes an object in the car or the occupant is thrown from the vehicle and crashes outside of the vehicle. The head can strike a stationary object like a window or concrete or an unsecured object flung into the air at the time of impact. The blunt trauma causes an open wound and the part of the brain opposite to the impact is pulled away from the skull, causing a TBI.
Invisible head trauma: the force of the collision can cause the brain to move and collide against the internal bone of the skull. When this happens it can create bruising of the brain (contusion) and bleeding (brain hemorrhage).
Head trauma car accident settlement
When a person suffers head trauma or TBI as a result of a car accident they may be facing time off of work (lost wages), medical bills or even long-term care needs. If your head injury occurred as the result of a defective product such as defective seatbelts, tire failure, un-notified product recalls or mal-functioning brakes or if the crash happened through no fault of your own; you may benefit from the help of a qualified car accident attorney. He or she will fight for your rights and to get you the biggest settlement possible.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an accident or injury, you have enough on your plate. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!