Half of all traumatic brain injury victims suffer their injuries in automobile accidents. Traumatic brain injury occurs when a person suffers a sudden, violent blow to the head which causes some degree of brain injury or damage. In a car accident, this violent blow can occur when a person's head impacts an unyielding object on the internal parts of a vehicle or outside of the automobile. Automobile defect can be the cause, or can contribute to, traumatic brain injury that is suffered in a car crash.
Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common catastrophic injuries that a victim can sustain in a rollover accident. Forty percent of all rollover fatalities (which are often the result of serious traumatic brain injury) occur in sports utility vehicles or SUVs. Many SUVs are defectively designed, making them far less stable and much more likely to rollover in a car crash. The increased threats of vehicle rollover in SUVs have been well documented in crash tests. Unfortunately, thousands of people have suffered traumatic brain injury and other serious damages in SUV rollover accidents. Vehicle manufactures are well aware of these threats but often choose financial gain above vehicle safety modifications which could save thousands of lives.
Victims of automobile accidents that are ejected from the vehicle are much more likely to sustain traumatic brain injury than accident victims who are properly restrained in the motor vehicle upon impact. Ejection from a motor vehicle in a car accident can be the result of a defective auto component. When a door latch fails to properly engage the door to the frame, the door may fly open during an accident causing a person to be expelled from the car. When defective seatbelts fail to restrain a person in a vehicle accident, they may also be discharged from a vehicle or released into the car's cabin where traumatic brain injury is more likely.
Roof crush can also result in traumatic brain injury. Roofs are supposed to be built to withstand great pressures so that they can remain intact and protect passengers in the event of a serious motor vehicle accident. Many car roofs are defective in design or production and are inadequate in protecting accident victims from traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury can cause physical, motor, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological damage to the victim of an auto defect vehicle accident. Traumatic brain injury damages immediately evident in an accident include: loss of consciousness, bleeding, swelling and/or bruising of the brain (which may or may not be visible), coma, seizures, and more. Traumatic brain injury can also be more subtle and the repercussions may not be recognized until some time after the accident. Long term disability is common with traumatic brain injury. Approximately one in four adults who suffer traumatic brain injury are still unable to return to work one year after an accident. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for people under thirty. Traumatic brain injury is truly devastating and can be made much more complicated when it is the result of some auto defect.