The Life-Altering Effects of a Head Injury
As Arizona catastrophic injury attorneys, we are deeply concerned with the number of head injuries that are caused by car crashes throughout the state each year. According to reports from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), of the more than 50,000 injury accidents that take place on Arizona roads during the year, roughly 10 percent result in incapacitating injuries, many of these being head injuries. The Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries reports that more than 50 percent of serious head injuries are sustained during a motor vehicle accident, followed by falls and violent acts. Statistics show that men are twice as likely to suffer a head injury, regardless of the method of injury, than women.
The Effects of a Head Injury
There are two forms of head injury a victim may suffer: open head injury and closed head injury. An open head injury occurs when an object pierces the skull of a victim, this will often enter and damage the brain. A closed head injury is blunt force trauma of the brain, with the brain slamming against the front, back, and sides of the skull due to a sudden impact against a surface. Both of these accidents can have serious repercussions, with victims suffering a wide range of injuries depending on the severity of the accident such as dizziness, loss of consciousness, loss of cognitive ability, nausea, emotional instability, and even death.
How to Prevent an Arizona Head Injury
Not every accident is avoidable, but there are steps that you can take to help make yourself less susceptible to a traumatic head injury in a motor vehicle crash. Even when taking these steps, accidents and injuries still happen, but it does not mean you are at fault for your injuries.
- Drivers and passengers in motor vehicles should always wear a seatbelt and no one should be allowed to ride in a seat without a working seatbelt.
- Bicycle riders should consider wearing a protective helmet. For bicyclists, statistics show that a helmet can help to prevent head injuries up to 85 percent of the time.
- Pay attention while driving. Inattentive drivers cause a large portion of pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents.
What an Arizona Head Injury Attorney Could Do to Help
Suffering a head injury can change the course of your life. If you have suffered damage to the head, skull or brain due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, you may need help from a skilled personal injury attorney to get your life back on track. The Arizona serious injury attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. know how serious the immediate and ongoing effects of head injuries are and we use this information along with evidence and eyewitness testimony to secure fair settlements for victims of head injuries. We devoted to helping victims find compensation for all of their medical bills, the temporary or permanent changes to their lives, and the loss of their ability to work and earn a living. If you or a loved one have suffered a head injury because of someone else’s negligence, please call attorneys Alexis and Mark Breyer today at (602) 267-1280.