The force of a car accident can result in traumatic brain injury
Car accidents often occur in a matter of seconds. During that fleeting moment, the human body can be subjected to extreme forces and exposure to many sources of harm. Drivers and passengers in moving vehicles continue moving until some external force stops the individual’s inertia. A collision will often cause the body to abruptly change direction.
Traumatic brain injury affects roughly 1.7 million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brain injuries result in 52,000 deaths each year. The CDC says that 17.3 percent of traumatic brain injuries are the result of a car accident.
A rear-end collision, for instance, causes the body to abruptly move toward the rear of the vehicle; toward the point of impact. In a head-on collision, the body is propelled with great force toward the front of the vehicle. Occupants in a vehicle can hit their head on objects in the vehicle as their body is jolted around in the car. The head trauma from the external impact can result in a brain injury.
However, traumatic brain injuries do not necessarily have to include a foreign object as their cause in an accident. A sudden deceleration of the head’s forward motion can result in a brain injury during an accident. When the forward motion of the head is abruptly halted, the brain’s motion also dramatically shifts toward the impact causing the brain to collide with one side of the skull. In some cases, the brain can ricochet inside the skull and collide with the other side.
Use of seat belts and the presence of safety equipment in cars, such as airbags, reduce the risk of head trauma and brain injuries in car accidents. However, New Jersey personal injury attorneys know that despite the presence and proper use of safety equipment, brain injuries can occur in a motor vehicle crash. Brain injuries are extremely dangerous because on the outside an individual who has experienced trauma can appear completely normal. While their body looks fine on the outside, the inside may be experiencing more issues than their body may show. Car accidents cause more than physical injuries and it’s essential to keep track of symptoms of brain injuries.