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Car accidents cause 14.3 percent of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, which often have life-altering ramifications, are linked to car accidents in a full 14.3 percent of all cases. This information comes from the Brain Injury Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which list car accidents as the second leading cause of these serious injuries. Falls are the only thing that cause more traumatic brain injuries annually.

What does this mean in terms of raw numbers? Though the statistics do change from year to year, it means that about 286,000 people get in car accidents every year and suffer from TBIs. This is out of a total of roughly 2 million traumatic brain injuries that happen all over the country.

Even these numbers could be far too small. Some people don't realize they've suffered brain injuries and don't report them. Car accidents are chaotic and confusing. They bring on a lot of stress and commotion. Symptoms that may be obvious in a dark, silent room may go unnoticed in this environment.

On top of that, the symptoms aren't always there immediately after the crash. A person may honestly feel fine and only start to notice issues -- like headaches, forgetfulness, nausea and more -- later that day or in the next few days. This can also lead to inaccurate reporting.

A brain injury can change your life dramatically, and these changes can be permanent. A TBI doesn't always heal, even with quick medical treatment and rehabilitation efforts. This can leave you with costs and needs for the rest of your life, and you need to know if you have a right to compensation to cover these costs.

Source: Brain Injury Society, "Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury," Jacob Masters, accessed Dec. 08, 2016

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.