1 in 5 Brain Injuries Are the Result of an Automobile Accident
While today's motor vehicles are equipped with more safety devices than ever, every year millions of people throughout the U.S. are still involved in motor vehicle accidents. During 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 30,000 people were killed in traffic accidents and hundreds of thousands more suffered minor to severe injuries.
Among the most serious and debilitating injuries to result from traffic crashes are those that affect the spine and brain. In this two-part blog post, we'll discuss why these types of injuries frequently occur in car accidents as well as the short and long-term side effects that injuries such as these have on the lives of those impacted.
According to the Atlanta Nation Center for Injury Prevention and Control, annually, an estimated 280,000 people in the U.S. suffer brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents. This equates to roughly one out of every five brain injuries. From whiplash and concussions to a closed-head and penetrating injuries, any time the head is thrust violently about, hits an object, or is penetrated by an object; an individual is likely to suffer brain damage.
Depending on the type of injury and the region of the brain impacted, an individual may have difficulty remembering or recalling things, suffer cognitive impairments, and experience problems with speech. Additionally, changes in personality and demeanor are common as many brain injury victims and their families report an increase in feelings of anger, frustration, and anxiety post-injury.
Anyone who has suffered a brain injury in a car accident is advised to speak with an attorney. A legal professional can fight to recover compensation to pay medical bills and offset lost wages.
Brain Injury Association of America, "Brain Injury," Dec. 9, 2015
If you or a loved one have been injured and have questions about your legal options, contact Raphaelson & Levine today. Our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of New Yorkers understand their next steps following a serious injury.
Andrew J. Levine is a partner at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, in New York, NY. A graduate of Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. For 15 years he has been widely trusted and respected as a formidable attorney but acknowledged as a reasonable and ethical collaborator who impresses clients, judges and jurors alike. Andrew has been featured in New York Magazine as one of New York’s “Top Personal Injury Litigators” and recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York.”