Brain Injuries and TBIs from Dallas Car Accidents
About 144,000 Texans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, according to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance. Of those, more than 5,700 Texans are permanently disabled.
Those are staggering statistics. For many people in Houston, these severe injuries could have been avoided if someone else had been more responsible.
Car crashes are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Most accidents are the result of driver error or negligence, and could have been prevented. When someone suffers a TBI due to another driver, vehicle manufacturer, or municipal entity’s negligence, they may have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
Common Types of TBIs & Symptoms after a Car Accident in Dallas
Like all injuries, TBIs can vary in severity based on the specifics of the accident. Because of the force with which vehicles collide, occupants could easily suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Common symptoms of brain injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Headache, dizziness, and blurred vision
- Fatigue and weakness
- Bleeding (brain hemorrhage)
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory
- Difficulty reasoning or problem solving
- Depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders
- Extended loss of consciousness (coma)
Most serious TBIs are caused by blunt force trauma. This usually happens when the victim hits an object during the collision, like the steering wheel, dashboard, or the windshield.
Symptoms of brain injury from car accident differ for every patient. If you have been in a car crash and suspect you have a TBI, see a doctor immediately.
Some symptoms are immediate, but other symptoms can be delayed. If you or a family member notice that you experience new or worsening symptoms like poor balance, trouble sleeping, trouble remembering things, or other unusual behaviors, schedule a doctor’s appointment.
Texas Health and Human Services has prepared a helpful Texas Brain Injury Resource Guide that might be a good resource for you.
Statistics on Traumatic Brain Injuries in Dallas Car Accidents
- Car collisions are the most common cause of TBI-related death in the United States.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations for patients ages 15 to 44 years old.
- BrainLine, a national organization dedicated to authoritative information on brain injury reports that 14% of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States in one recent year were caused by traffic incidents.
- They counted 383,293 total car crash TBIs.
- There were 7,285 hospitalizations for TBI as a result of car accidents in Texas, and 9.1%, or 663, of these were fatal.
- In a single recent year, 14,908 Texans were seriously injured in car crashes.
- The Texas Brain Injury Alliance reports that 50% of TBIs resulting from car crashes involved alcohol.
- Car accident brain injury statistics are sobering because so many of these irreversible injuries are preventable. Every Texan, whether you drive in Houston, Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, or somewhere else, should avoid drinking and driving to protect themselves, their passengers, and others on the road.
What to Do If You Suffered a Brain Injury in a Car Accident in Dallas
If you’ve been in a car or truck accident, you should always seek medical attention as soon as you can. Even if your symptoms seem minor, don’t try to self-diagnose. You may require immediate treatment that you shouldn’t put off.
TBIs can be both invisible and urgent. It’s best to ask a medical professional for a thorough checkup. If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, be sure to follow your medical team’s advice.
After you’ve been cleared to return home, you may need to start a long-term rehabilitation plan to help you recover physically and emotionally. There are local brain injury survivor organizations all across Texas. You can find a list of brain injury support groups compiled by HHS here. Finding a community who have experienced similar changes to their quality of life may help you feel more connected and in control.
You can look for support from organizations like BrainLine or the Office of Acquired Brain Injury run by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS).
All of this can be overwhelming in the first days or weeks after your accident. But you don’t have to go it alone. Brain injury survivors can and should lead full lives after their injury. One way to help you and your family heal is to ensure you recover financially.
At Tate Law Offices, our team of dedicated Dallas TBI attorneys knows that you are not just a statistic. We are committed to providing you the personalized attention, care, and qualified representation you deserve.
It’s important to act quickly though if you or a loved one have been hurt. In Texas, you have only two years to initiate a personal injury claim. Contact our lawyers as soon as possible to avoid your claim being time-barred.
How a Traumatic Brain Injury Personal Injury Claim Would Work
The first step in initiating a personal injury claim for a TBI is to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer about your case. An experienced brain injury lawyer can review all of the facts of your case, examine medical records, and seek evidence of negligence on the part of the other party involved.
Once the proper evidence and documentation has been secured, your attorney will formulate an argument that explains how the party that hurt you is responsible for your injury.
Your attorney can file a demand letter with the negligent party and their insurance company, seeking compensation for the full losses you have incurred and are expected to incur moving forward. They can negotiate for a settlement on your behalf. If a fair settlement can’t be reached, your lawyer can file a lawsuit to seek damages in court.
The process can take some time, but a qualified lawyer will be able to advise you on how the process will go and how long they expect it to take before it is resolved.
Contact Tate Law Offices, PC for Help with Your Case Now
Because a traumatic brain injury can have a lasting impact on your life, it is crucial to protect your health, your finances, and your family by hiring a reputable lawyer to represent you.
The TBI attorneys at Tate Law Offices fight for the rights of people who’ve been hurt in accidents in Dallas. We’ll be ready to put our experience and skills to work for you. Our consultations are 100% free, and we won’t charge you anything until we recover compensation for you.
Contact us now to schedule your free case review.