Serious Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents Have Long-Term Effects
San Jose, CA Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of traumatic brain injuries across the U.S., killing over 50,000 people each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With hundreds of thousands of car collisions occurring each day across the nation, the risk of the average person sustaining a brain injury is quite high.
About 350,000 people living in California suffer from symptoms of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), according to the Traumatic Brain Injury Services of California. While many sufferers look fine to the average observer, many are victims of long-term mental, social and physical problems.
It does not take much to cause a concussion - a frequently-used term for brain injury - and it is not necessary for a persons head to hit another object in order to sustain a TBI. Even a minor car collision can easily cause an accident victims soft brain to collide with his or her hard skull.
Traffic congestion is normal in the San Jose area and everyone knows someone who has been in a motor vehicle accident. Distracted or impaired drivers, poor road conditions and defective automobiles are all contributing causes of serious accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, back injuries and paralysis, as well as TBIs.
Concussions cause other serious problems as well that many may not realize. Following are some examples of non-obvious effects of TBIs:
- Homelessness: Nearly 50 percent of homeless men suffered traumatic brain injuries at some point in their lives according to a Time magazine article published last month. The personality changes and inability to focus that often accompanies a serious brain injury so affected the men in the study that they were unable to function normally and their lives spiraled downwards until they were living on the streets.
- Suicide: Teens and military personnel who suffered brain injuries are at much higher risks of committing suicide than the general population, according to studies in Medical News Today. Teenagers with a history of brain injuries are three times more likely to take their own lives than those without such histories. Additionally, the higher the number of repeated brain injuries, the higher the risk for both groups.
- Bullying: The same studies found that cyberbullying - bullying via the internet - and face-to-face bullying is twice as likely to happen to TBI sufferers. Whether due to altered personalities, uncontrolled bursts of anger or depression, bullies are drawn to torment those with brain injuries.
Help for Injury Victims
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, consult an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer experienced with brain injury cases can help you and your family recover any losses and provide long-term care for the accident victim.