One of the biggest dangers that Louisiana drivers and passengers may face as a result of a car accident is a concussion, accompanied by the development of a traumatic brain injury. Simply understood, a concussion is a neurological deficit caused by a blow, bump or impact to the head; concussions can range from relatively minor impacts to traumatic brain injuries that cause death and disability. The impact of a car crash can lead to a concussion with potential devastating effects on the victim's life in the future.
Each year, around 250,000 people are sent to the hospital because of a traumatic brain injury, and approximately 50,000 of those people die. Even more, around 1.8 million people in the United States are in the emergency room each year after a concussion, many of them after car accidents and other roadway injuries. Beyond this, doctors estimate that another 2 million people suffer concussions each year and do not seek treatment or go to their primary care doctor. Concussions can be caused by a range of activities, including car crashes, impact sports, falls, violence and even recreational activity.
Brain injury experts have advised that making individual and social changes can help to lower the rate of concussions or brain injuries. Physicians note that traction control on cars has helped to lead to decreased brain injuries in the past as have anti-lock brakes and other safety features.
After a car accident, it is important to receive a thorough examination in order to determine if a crash victim has suffered a concussion or is at risk of a traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can cause ongoing problems and require additional treatment over time. A personal injury lawyer can help victims of car crashes caused by no fault of their own to seek compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages following the accident.