Truck Accidents: A Leading Cause of Brain Injury and Related Disabilities
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have significant, long-lasting, sometimes life-altering repercussions, affecting the victim’s ability to work, move, speak or even think “normally,” and they can also affect moods and emotions. While some brain injuries can be treated with a brief course of medical care, others require years of therapy and care and can significantly decrease a person’s quality of life.
Statistics rank car and truck accidents as the second leading cause of TBI deaths, led only by falls. About a fifth of all brain injuries occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents, including truck accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- In the U.S., TBIs are associated with about 50,000 deaths each year.
- About 2.2 million emergency room visits occur annually as the result of a TBI.
- More than 280,000 people are hospitalized each year for TBIs.
At a rate of 2.5 million TBIs per year, that’s about one every 13 seconds in the U.S.
What Causes TBI?
In most cases, it’s not a direct impact with the head that causes a brain injury, but the overall impact that occurs when a vehicle is slammed by another vehicle, especially one as heavy as a truck. That overall impact causes the head and neck to snap forward, back or to the side, tearing or bruising the soft tissues of the brain as it’s thrown against the inside of the skull, or causing trauma to the nerves in the spinal column. The inflammation and swelling that follow an impact crush the brain and its blood vessels, depriving it of oxygen and ultimately damaging the brain’s cells. When swelling is severe, the result can be paralysis, coma or death.
Cobb County Truck Accident Lawyer
In Marietta, Kennesaw and throughout Cobb County, men, women and children are injured every year in truck accidents, and many of these accident victims experience significant medical costs and pain and suffering that can last for months or even years. Determining compensation for a long-term injury like a TBI can be difficult, and you can bet the trucking company, driver and insurance companies will have lawyers working on their behalf to avoid paying victims the compensation they deserve.
Having a Marietta truck accident lawyer on your side means you’ll have the tools to fight back and make sure your rights are protected. As a leading Marietta and Kennesaw truck accident attorney, Roger Ghai has significant experience helping clients protect their rights and fight for the compensation they deserve, not just for the immediate costs associated with an accident, but for long-term costs including lost wages, lost opportunity, therapy and other treatment and services that can be associated with serious injuries like TBIs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in or around Cobb County, having an experienced, skilled attorney is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. The key to a successful outcome is to contact an attorney as soon as possible so your case can be developed the right way, right from the beginning. Don’t delay – call the Law Offices of Roger Ghai today at (770) 792-1000.