Also referred to as intracranial injury, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to the damage caused to the brain due to sudden impact. Sudden impact to the brain can bruise the brain and sever nerve fibers.
In mild cases of TBI, patients may experience headache, dizziness, blurry vision or memory problems. In more severe cases of TBI, patients may experience slurred speech, seizures, persistent headache and chronic nausea. Patients who suffer serious injuries to the brain may require surgery, and will likely suffer permanent disabilities.
According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDCP), there are approximately 5.3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury. While about 1.4 million Americans sustain a new traumatic brain injury every year, of these, 50,000 will die, and 235,000 will require hospitalization. The total cost of TBI care, along with the cost of lost productivity, is estimated to exceed about $60 billion each year.
Truck Crashes and Brain InjuriesAny event that causes a sudden impact to the brain can result in a traumatic brain injury. Due to the amount of force in a truck accident, people who are involved in serious collisions with 18-wheelers and other big rigs have an increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury than those involved in crashes with other passenger vehicles. In fact, studies estimate that truck and motor vehicle collisions account for about 280,000 cases of TBI each year.
Other common causes include:
- Falls, causing about 392,000 cases of TBI
- Assault, causing about 154,000 cases of TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury From a Truck Accident Collision
As a particularly deadly type of traffic accident, truck accidents account for about 13 percent of all traffic accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. Due to trucks' weight and size, they are more likely to cause severe property damage and injuries to occupants of other passenger vehicles. In fact, while about 75 percent of all truck collisions are caused by drivers of other cars, more than 90 percent of the time occupants of the passenger cars are injured or killed, not truck drivers.
While the injuries caused by truck or car accidents will depend on the nature and severity of the accident, factors that can increase the chances of an occupant sustaining traumatic brain injury include heavier vehicles, traveling higher speeds, not wearing a seat belt and/or being ejected from a vehicle.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a truck accident, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries and losses, including medical bills, treatments for permanent disabilities and lost wages. For information about your specific circumstances, contact our truck accident lawyers today.