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Injured in a Chicago Auto Accident? Understanding Brain Injuries Can Save Your Life

April 25, 2019

Chicago motor vehicle accidents cause many injuries for victims, with potentially the most debilitating being traumatic brain injuries. Such an injury, often referred to as a TBI, can range from a concussion to a more severe traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries are widespread, affecting approximately 1.7 million people annually. What is even more shocking is that fact that more than half of reported TBIs are caused by car accidents.

How is the brain injured in a car accident?
Brain injury accidents in a vehicle may be caused by a blunt trauma from the head striking a stationery object, such as the dashboard or windshield. However, a TBI can also result even when the head does not make impact with a stationery object. The force of impact, sudden stop, acceleration, or deceleration of a motor vehicle may cause the brain to strike against the skull, resulting in head and brain injuries.

What are the signs of a brain injury following a car crash?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering information and/or thinking clearly
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Difficulty with balancing
  • Lethargy
  • Increased anxiety, irritability, sensitivity, or feelings of sadness
  • Difficulty or changes with normal sleep patterns

How can brain injuries be prevented when riding in an automobile?
There are several steps that can be taken to prevent a TBI. These steps include always wearing a seatbelt and using a child safety seat or booster seat for any child passengers. In addition, never get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and never allow yourself to be a passenger in a car with a driver who is under the influence.

If you suffer from a brain injury caused by a car accident in Cook County, contact an experienced Chicago brain injury attorney immediately to learn more about the rights and remedies that may be available to you. Fill out our online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191 to schedule your FREE consultation.

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