Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur? How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.
According to a new research study, patients who suffer from mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be more prone to having long-term deficits that impede daily life activities, as compared to other types of medical issues. Research has shown for years that moderate and severe brain injuries have lasting effects, but the effects of mild TBIs on long-term functioning have been less researched.
In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics. It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding. According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:
Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident? A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results. According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat. Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors. Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury. Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers. Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too. Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision. Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.
Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later. Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory. Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision. Post-TBI, many patients find that the road to recovery is long, hard, and takes a variety of different professionals to manage the healing process. It can be a complicated, frustrating, and emotional time.
If you have recently been in a car crash, it is important to closely monitor your body's response and recovery after the accident. If you suspect a TBI, immediately seek help from a qualified physician who can diagnose you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action. This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all. Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills. If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation. His law office can be reached by calling his firm at 814-946-4100.