While driving is one of the most common behaviors people across the country routinely engage in, few realize how dangerous it is. Thousands of drivers and passengers become injured or lose their lives in fatal motor vehicle accidents. Such incidents have the potential to drastically affect the lives of those involved and their loved ones. One such catastrophic personal injury is a traumatic brain injury and more than half of these types of injuries are caused by car accidents.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) often results when force fractures or penetrates the skull. In a car accident, this takes place then the skull hits the windshield or the steering wheel. It is not even necessary that the force penetrate the skull in a car crash—it is the sheer force of the accident that makes the brain to hit the skull once the vehicle comes to an abrupt halt. Therefore, a TBI is often not apparent immediately. Bruising on the brain, known as a contusion, or a brain hemorrhage, often are not visible immediately after a crash. Crushing of the roof or ejection from the car can result in blunt force injuries, a more serious type of brain injury.

This form of injury is debilitating and impact the accident victim’s way of life. Depending on the severity of the injury, he or she may not be able to work or perform daily activities on their own. In addition to this, the cost of ongoing treatment and professional help can place a huge financial burden on the victim’s shoulders.

Accident victims can consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused their crash. Doing so might help them ease the financial burden associated with the accident. Discussing one’s situation with an experienced attorney can provide victims with legal options.