Head injuries can be the outcome of serious automobile accidents that are caused by auto defects. Head injuries are suffered when a victim's head violently impacts some unyielding object in or outside of the vehicle during a collision or a rollover accident. Head injuries can be closed or open and include damage to the skull, scalp or brain. The majority of all traumatic brain injuries are received in motor vehicle accidents. Head injuries are some of the most fatal injuries that a victim can sustain in a car accident.
Head injuries can be suffered by victims in a car accident because of defects in a vehicle component or structural design, production, or repair. Defective seatbelts, seatbacks, airbags, tires, roof structure, door latches, and fuel systems can all cause or contribute to head injuries that are sustained in auto accidents. These defects decrease the likelihood that a person will be adequately restrained and protected in the event of an auto accident.
The overall design of a vehicle can also make the car less stable, increasing the risk that vehicles will rollover in an accident. SUVs are particularly prone to rollover in an accident, and they do rollover at four to sixteen times the rate of other passenger vehicles. SUV manufacturers are well aware of the rollover risks inherent to the design of their products, but still choose to put drivers and passengers at elevated safety risks in the name of increased profits.
Head injuries from motor vehicle accidents can range from subtle or severe. A person with head injuries may suffer loss of consciousness, coma, concussion, head or brain bleeding, swelling, amnesia, altered mental states, and other neurological disturbances immediately following an auto accident, or the effects of head injuries may be more subtle and take longer to develop. Head injuries can lead to partial or total disability and often involve some degree of physical, motor, cognitive, behavior, and/or psychosocial impairment.
Physical and motor symptoms of head injuries can include: vision, speech, hearing, and other sensory impairments, lack of coordination, seizures, paralysis, weakness, headaches, and other motor complications. Cognitive damage suffered as a result of head injuries can include problems with memory, attention, concentration, reasoning, problem solving, information processing, and speech capabilities. Behavioral changes that can occur with head injuries include: extreme emotions or drastic mood swings, agitation, irritability, disinhibition, sexual dysfunction, anxiety and depression. The psychosocial consequences of head injuries may make work, school and personal relationships difficult for a victim to manage.
The adverse consequences of head injuries can improve over time or have the potential to leave a victim with a permanent disability which greatly impedes on everyday life. There are a variety of therapeutic techniques that can assist a person who has suffered head injuries from a motor vehicle accident.