Every day in Alabama, people from all walks of life are injured and killed in motor vehicle accidents. In some instances, victims of motor vehicle accidents sustain what medically are known as traumatic brain injuries.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury medically is defined as a blow, jolt, or bump to a person’s head that disrupts the normal operation or function of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries do happen in motor vehicle accidents. The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States is a slip and fall accident. The second most frequently occurring cause of traumatic brain injuries is a motor vehicle accident.

How are traumatic brain injuries classified?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the severity of traumatic brain injuries is medically classified. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. A mild traumatic brain injury is exemplified by a brief change in a person’s mental consciousness. A severe traumatic brain injury includes an extended period of unconsciousness, permanent disability, and even death. The majority of traumatic brain injuries are classified in as mild.

Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of disability and death

Traumatic brain injuries, including those caused by motor vehicle accidents, are major causes of disabilities and deaths in the United States, including in Alabama. In the U.S., approximately 155 people die from a traumatic brain injury each day, according to the CDC.

If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident resulting from the negligence of another party, you can protect your legal interests by consulting with an attorney. An Alabama personal injury lawyer typically schedules a no-obligation, no-cost case evaluation for a prospective client.