5 Types of Car Crashes that Are More Likely to Cause TBI

Lever & Ecker, PLLC May 25, 2021 Car Accidents

Residents of New York are familiar with just how harmful car crashes can be. These car accidents can cause serious, long-term damage to both drivers and passengers, including spinal damage, loss of a limb, or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These severe injuries can be devastating, debilitating and completely life-altering, depending on the details of the accident, such as the speed of the vehicles and whether seat belts were worn at the time of the collision.

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are among the most dangerous and life-threatening injuries that someone can experience as a result of a car crash. There are certain types of car accidents that are more likely to cause TBI, and it is important to be aware of the different distinctions between them if you hope to pursue a New York personal injury case. 

What is TBI?

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control show that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal TBIs in the United States. TBIs can cause life-long physical, cognitive, and even emotional damage. These injuries are ranked at three different levels: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild injuries may last for only a short period, whereas severe injuries may result in a coma or even death. 

TBIs are a “disruption in the normal function of the brain” and are caused by damage done to the brain. This damage can occur from a bump to the head, being struck with an object, hitting the head forcefully against something, or when the brain has been pierced. There are many opportunities for damage to the brain to occur during a car crash that can leave the victim with a variety of different symptoms. 

Common Symptoms of TBI After a Car Accident

After experiencing a car accident, it can be difficult to know what to do first. Your concern should always be to ensure for your safety, and if you believe that you have been hurt after a crash, contact emergency medical services right away. Some TBIs are not immediately apparent to victims, while others are noticeable right away. Depending on the severity of the crash, common symptoms of traumatic brain injury after a car accident can include: 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slowed pulse rate
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Numbness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Seizures
  • Loss of taste
  • Changes in hearing
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Loss of smell
  • Problems swallowing
  • Weakened facial muscles
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the nose or ears
  • Paralysis
  • Coma

Even if you do not feel that you may have experienced any serious damage, you should always see a medical professional after a car accident. Not only does it make good medical sense, including allowing your doctor to determine if any hidden complications arose from the accident, it provides good documentation of your injuries if you choose to pursue a personal injury case.

Car Accidents Most Likely to Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

Many roads in New York are well-known for having traffic problems and reported accidents. Some of these accidents are more likely to cause TBIs than others, however, and it is vital to understand what these accidents are to protect yourself and the people around you. The types of vehicle collisions that result in the most TBIs include:

  • Large truck accidents — Involving buses, semi-trucks with trailers, commercial transport vehicles, and more.
  • Head-on collisions — When a vehicle collides headfirst into another vehicle.
  • Rear-end accidents — When a driver hits the back of the car in front of them.
  • Side-impact collisions — When a car crashes into the side of a vehicle. 
  • Rollovers — When a car overturns during a collision. 

The size of the vehicle, the speed that all cars or trucks were traveling, whether drivers or passengers were wearing their seat belts, and even the weather conditions can all impact the severity of a car accident that results in a TBI. If you have experienced one of these serious and potentially fatal crashes, you need a reliable New York lawyer who will fight for your case to obtain the compensation that you deserve to compensate you for your injuries, and pay for your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident.  

Book a Free Consultation with a New York Car Accident and TBI Lawyer 

If you or someone you are caring for has recently been in an accident and has experienced a TBI, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses. It can be complicated and exhausting to go through the process of pursuing legal action after an accident, but the team at Lever & Ecker can make it easy for you and your family to receive the compensation you deserve. We pride ourselves on having decades of experience working with clients on serious cases involving car accidents, TBIs and other types of significant injuries. 

To learn more, call the office of Lever & Ecker today at 914-288-9191 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable team members.