Car Accident Brain Injury Statistics

Car Accident Tbi The natural mechanisms in the body that protect the brain from serious injury may actually contribute to trauma in the event of blunt force trauma or rapid deceleration like those caused by a car accident. Many of the traumatic brain injuries suffered in accidents can go untreated because the victim shows only mild symptoms or none at all. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers implore everyone involved in an accident to seek medical care and diagnostic testing immediately after the crash. Your decision to turn away care can not only hurt your case to obtain financial compensation for your long-term care but can worsen your long term prognosis.

How the Brain is Injured in a Car Accident

While the brain is protected by the skull from serious forms of trauma, it does not remain in a static position. Three membranes referred to as meninges beneath the skull help to provide shock resistance while the brain sits in cerebrospinal fluid produced by four ventricles which make up hollow spaces in its interior. This fluid is not only responsible for helping to cushion the brain, but it also acts as a delivery system; bringing needed nutrients to the brain and returning toxins to the blood for removal.

This fluid serves to protect the brain in many instances of trauma, but can be the very reason people suffer traumatic brain injuries during car accidents. Since the brain is suspended in fluid, the forward momentum acquired while traveling at great speeds can cause the brain to rattle around inside of the skull when the body experiences rapid deceleration. It is then that the brain may strike the skull and be thrown backwards into the back of the skull.

The internal trauma that ensues may cause serious injuries through the rupture or tearing of blood vessels inside of the brain or through microtearing of brain tissue that begins to swell. Swelling inside the brain is a serious condition because the accumulation of blood and fluid causes a buildup of pressure, which could in turn damage the brain or deprive it of nutrients. The very natural means of protection for the brain can then make it difficult for fluids to be removed from the brain, which exacerbates the injury even further.

Lane Departure Accidents Linked to Brain Trauma

Studies have shown that anyone involved in a car accident could be at risk of a traumatic brain injury. However, lane departure accidents are responsible for over 70% of the crashes that lead to severe brain trauma. The mechanism that causes brain injuries usually involves forces acting on the occupants inside the vehicle who experience a sudden change in direction or rapid deceleration. Rear-end collisions and truck accidents are also common causes of brain injuries.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers always suggest seeking medical attention after any kind of car accident because it is possible to suffer an injury to the head without knowing it. Many concussion victims are never aware of the fact they have blacked out or may associate some of the symptoms with the feelings of stress and confusion that accompany the tragic event. The decision to undergo testing may allow doctors to identify a problem and provide timely treatment in order to prevent the progression of brain damage.

In many cases, the brain and central nervous system are unable to heal at all, or without surgical intervention, which is why it is important to mitigate any injury through a quick diagnosis and effective treatment.

Advocates You Can Count on During Your Time of Need

If you have been in a car accident, you may have important and pressing questions concerning your physical condition, legal rights and how best to handle insurance claims and litigation. You will need access to quality medical care and legal advice, which is why it is advisable to seek a legal representative who has access to the other services the resources your case requires. Your choice of representation is the most important decision you may make following a car accident.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is proud to have served thousands of Chicagoans just like you. Our law firm has the resources needed to ensure that you receive the specialized medical care that you need while we recover the financial compensation you need to pay for your healing. If you have any questions about your auto accident brain injury case, we welcome you to schedule a free consultation with one of our award-winning Chicago auto accident attorneys. Once we collect the information we need from you to evaluate your claim, we will be able to answer all of your questions and tell you how best to proceed.

Here is some more general information regarding brain injuries and car accidents:

VEHICLES INVOLVED:

  • 71%
  • 20%
  • 1%
  • 7%
  • 1%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:

  • Rear-End
  • Lane Departure
  • Head-On
  • Rollover
  • Sideswipe
  • 18%
  • 70%
  • 7%
  • 3%
  • 2%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES):

California

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
30%
21%
4%
5%
10%
6%
8%
10%
6%

Florida

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
23%
18%
11%
5%
10%
7%
10%
8%
8%

New York

Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
33%
11%
9%
6%
9%
8%
9%
9%
7%

Missouri

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
32%
52%
5%
3%
3%
2%
2%
0%
1%

Washington

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
23%
38%
4%
7%
10%
4%
5%
6%
3%

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