TBIs Are Far More Common in Car Accidents Than Previously Believed
The term “traumatic brain injury” sounds as though it might apply only to serious damage or trauma to the brain, and that, therefore, a TBI must be the result of a substantial impact or blow to the head. Based on that assumption, you might think you can’t have a traumatic brain injury if you’re in a minor fender-bender or accident where there is no blunt force trauma to your head. In reality, if you’re traveling faster than 10 miles per hour at the time of a crash, there’s a good chance of suffering a traumatic brain injury.
You Can Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury in a Low-Speed Car Accident
Traumatic brain injury can take a variety of forms, including internal bleeding, swelling/inflammation, bruising, and tearing of brain tissue. Such trauma can result from almost any level of impact. You can suffer some degree of traumatic brain injury even in a collision at a very low speed.
You Can Suffer TBI from Impact of Any Kind
Another common misconception is that you must receive a blow to your head, or strike your head on something, in order to suffer a traumatic brain injury. That’s not the case. Think of the classic whiplash-type injury, where a sudden stop causes your head to snap back and forth. You may be restrained by a seatbelt that prevents you from striking the dashboard or windshield. Nonetheless, your brain will move inside your skull and may bounce off the hard bone as your head moves back and forth. That impact can lead to a TBI.
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At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio.