By Pendergast Law on January 24, 2013
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur whenever someone suffers a sudden and violent bump, jolt, or blow to the head. Brain injuries are a tragically common result of Washington car accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicles are responsible for 17.3 percent of all TBIs in the United States. Car accidents are also the leading cause of TBI-related fatalities.
Traumatic brain injuries often result from high-speed collisions. There are many cases where an occupant may hit his or her head against the side window, dashboard, steering wheel, or another object in the car. Brain injuries are also a common result of pedestrian accidents because there is nothing to protect a pedestrian’s head from striking the vehicle or the roadway.
Brain injuries can be catastrophic, which means that the effects of such an injury can be long-term or even lifelong for victims. Many victims of severe brain injuries suffer short- or long-term issues with cognitive functions such as memory; motor functions including impaired coordination; issues with hearing and vision and impaired perception; and emotional and behavioral issues. The CDC reports that there are 5.3 million Americans currently living with TBI-related disabilities.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a Washington car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is vital that you speak with an experienced lawyer right away. The medical bills can add up quickly. You will need the knowledge and expertise of a skilled Seattle car accident TBI attorney who will help you get the compensation you need.