When something happens frequently, it can be easy for Tennessee residents to forget how significant the event may be. A good example of this is a car accident. Many Tennessee residents have either personally been involved in a car accident or know someone who has, and the frequency with which car accidents occur can make them seem like a relatively normal occurrence. In reality, however, the frequency of car accidents only serves to underscore how significant they can be, particularly for those accidents involving serious injuries, such as a brain injury.
The statistics play this out as well. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents were the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injuries from 2006 to 2010. The numbers were even worse when considering only deaths related to traumatic brain injuries, for which crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths.
Given these statistics, the CDC ranks motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of TBI-related death for individuals aged 5 to 24. Motor vehicle accidents were also considered the leading cause of hospitalizations for persons aged 15 to 44.
Accordingly, the frequency of car accidents has led to them being named one of the top risk factors when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury can vary significantly in severity, from mild to severe. In any event, traumatic brain injuries are a major problem, as they affect everything from a person's memory, movement, vision and hearing, to emotional functioning like a person's mood and personality.
As a result, when a person suffers a TBI in a car accident, there may be a significant amount of medical expense and therapy involved as a result, in addition to the effects it has on a person's body. In a personal injury lawsuit, damages may be awarded to a person based on these issues if his or her injury was caused by the negligence of another driver.
Source: CDC.gov, "Injury prevention & control: traumatic brain injury," accessed on Jan. 16, 2015