It seems that until relatively recently, traumatic brain injuries were not well known by Americans in general. People understood that head trauma was a serious injury and that it involved enormous challenges to overcome, but the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries has only recently become known as we have learned more about this injury and as more people have recognized the signs of this type of harm and sought treatment. This heightened awareness is a good thing in many ways, as it has led to much in the way of studying this problem and learning more about how to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries.
However, it's still the case that relatively few people realize that approximately 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries every year and that more than 5 million Americans are living with some type of long-term disability because they suffered this type of harm. One way to continue to bring awareness to this issue is to provide information regarding the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Below you will find the four leading causes of what are also known as TBI's, and this information has been provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC.
- Falls - 35.2%
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States on an annual basis, and this percentage means that nearly 600,000 Americans suffer this type of an injury as a result of a fall every year.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents - 17.3%
Motor vehicle accidents have gone down slightly in number in recent years, but it should be obvious as to how these collisions can cause so many traumatic brain injuries. Nearly 300,000 people suffer a TBI as a result of some sort of traffic accident on an annual basis across the country.
- Struck By/Against Events - 16.5%
More than 280,000 Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries every year because of struck by/against events. These events involve collisions with either stationary or moving objects, and that can include sports injuries or general accidents that occur.
- Assault - 10%
Assault is much more prevalent in the United States than many people would think, and 170,000 people suffer traumatic brain injuries as a result of intentional infliction of harm by someone else every year. These incidents can and often do lead to arrests and to the filing of personal injury lawsuits.
It should be noted that there is a fifth category for traumatic brain injury causes that is known simply as 'unknown' that accounts for 21 percent of TBI's every year in the United States. What this entire list should tell anyone is that traumatic brain injuries are an enormous problem and that people who suffer TBI's because of the faulty actions of someone else need to stand up for their legal rights. If this includes you or someone you love, contact the traumatic brain injury lawyers at the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.