What Types of Accidents Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries?
When bodily organs are damaged in accidents, victims often suffer much more profoundly than if their injuries only involve skin, muscles, and bones. Most organs are vital to life, and when they’re damaged, it can impair their function—which can be life-threatening.
It can be strange to think of the brain as simply an organ, as it’s where memories, personality, skill, and emotions are formed and stored. But like any organ, it can be damaged in accidents, and when it is, victims can experience a wide range of complications, ranging from personality and behavioral changes to motor skill deficits and impairments.
Accidents that can cause traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motorcycle accidents—Many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets simply because of the extreme likelihood of a traumatic brain injury or death in riders who aren’t wearing them when they crash. TBIs can occur even to riders who wear helmets, although their risks are much lower.
- Car accidents—Although people in cars, trucks, and SUVs are protected by seatbelts and airbags, they can still suffer TBIs in crashes. Victims don’t even need to impact their steering wheels, dashboards, or seats to suffer TBIs, as the forces generated in a crash are enough to cause them.
- Truck accidents—Big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds—that’s up to 16 times more than even some of the biggest passenger vehicles on the road. It’s no surprise that semi-trucks generate more force in crashes, the more force involved, the greater the likelihood of a TBI.
TBIs aren’t just traumatic and disabling, they’re also expensive. At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our job to help victims get full compensation. Contact our Roanoke brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence.