Federal officials consider traumatic brain injury (TBI) a serious public health problem in the United States. Brain injuries lead to thousands of deaths and cases of permanent disability every year across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The level of treatment a TBI victim receives after the traumatic event can make a big difference in recovery, particularly after a car accident.
Data from the CDC shows that the leading causes of TBI include:
- Falls at 35.2 percent
- Motor vehicle and traffic accidents at 17.3 percent
- Struck by an object or colliding with a stationary object at 16.5 percent
- Assaults at 10 percent
In a car accident, the CDC found that transporting victims to a Level 1 trauma facility could be the difference between life and death. Their research showed that treatment after a car crash at a Level 1 trauma center lowered the risk of death by 25 percent for severely injured victims, compared to treatment at a hospital without trauma care services.
Has someone you know suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash?