Traumatic Brain Injuries and Car Accidents
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States, with at least 1.7 million TBIs occurring each year, either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Car accidents and other traffic-related incidents are the second-leading cause of TBI (17.3 percent) after falls (35.2 percent) and are responsible for the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths (31.8 percent), according to the CDC. A TBI is usually caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, the Mayo Clinic says. An object penetrating the skull can also cause traumatic brain injury.