A Daytona Beach car accident or motorcycle accident can lead to a wide array of accident injuries. One of the most serious types of injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can have a catastrophic impact on a person’s life, often times leading to a diminished quality of life for the victim and their family.
Defining a TBI
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), a traumatic brain injury is an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. In short, a TBI is an injury to the brain generally occurring during a blow to the head. They can occur when a person’s head:
- Is struck by an object with force.
- Strikes an object with force.
- Experiences sudden movement and/or jolting, such as with a rear-end collision.
Common Objects a Person’s Head Strikes during a Collision
The head and brain are vulnerable during any kind of collision, no matter the speed. There is a myriad of objects that a person’s head can strike leading to a TBI, including:
- The steering wheel.
- The windshield.
- The other vehicle’s windshield.
- The side windows.
- The pavement, if ejected from the vehicle.
- A stationary object, such as a utility pole, street light, or a tree.
Understanding the Common TBI Symptoms
The list is long for symptoms pertaining to a traumatic brain injury. Here are a few of the most common:
- Cognitive fatigue
- Memory loss
- Impaired vision
- Balance disorders
- Hearing disorders
- Personality changes
Seek Medical Attention as Quickly as Possible
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms following a car accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible, no matter how slight the injury appears. Even if you are not experiencing TBI symptoms, but hit your head in a crash, you should also seek medical attention. Unfortunately, many TBI symptoms do not show up for days or even weeks following an accident and can make matters worse.
Common sense dictates that not all Volusia County car accidents can be avoided. The unfortunate reality is that people every day in our country suffer a serious TBI because of an auto accident. However, there are certain precautions you can take to reduce your risks of a TBI, such as:
- Always wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
- Always make sure you and your passengers are wearing motorcycle helmets when riding.
- Always make sure you are wearing a helmet when on a bicycle, especially kids.
If You Have Suffered a TBI in a Car Accident
No matter the severity of your TBI, if your injury was the result of another person’s negligence, you might be able to hold that person liable for your damages. However, building a strong case is paramount to your success.
That is why you should call the team Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you build a successful case and get you the medical attention you deserve. In addition, we understand the tactics insurance companies will engage in to discredit your case. We will help you avoid those pitfalls.
If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. They will help you avoid making a costly mistake and will fight for your compensation rights.