Traumatic brain injuries, known as “TBIs” in the medical field, can be life-changing injuries for anyone who suffers from them. Victims can be left without full use of their bodies due to paralysis, resulting in permanent disability. And as most of our readers in Connecticut know, car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries throughout the country. The more serious the car accident, the greater the chance that someone involved will suffer a TBI.
In fact, TBIs are one of the leading causes of death for certain segments of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, for people age 5 to 24, car accidents were the leading cause of death, and many of those deaths were caused by TBIs. But it isn’t just young people who face the most risk factors for TBIs. The CDC also reported that individuals over the age of 75 saw the highest rates of TBI-related deaths in one year that was examined, 2013.
Of course, there are some obvious steps that Connecticut residents can take to hopefully lessen their risk for suffering a TBI. For instance, drivers and passengers in vehicles should always use their safety belts, and drivers in particular should be aware of their surroundings and avoid distractions.
Unfortunately, even the safest of drivers cannot account for the negligent behavior of other drivers on the roadways. Any Connecticut resident who suffers TBI-related injuries in a car accident may be able to pursue financial compensation from the negligent party in a personal injury lawsuit.