The human brain is responsible for the entire networking operations of the human body. However, when exposed to even slight trauma, the brain can be seriously injured. Extensive brain injuries can leave victims entirely dependent on caregivers for constant care. Studies done by the CDC have shown the intense damages experienced by victims and family members affected by serious brain trauma.
A particular accident in Massachusetts involving an underage drunk driver left two people injured after the driver ran a red light and collided with another car. The two injured victims were evacuated to receive medical care as one showed severe life threatening injuries. Severe head trauma experienced by this individual is entirely the fault of the nineteen-year-old drunk driver. Besides injury to the observable physical body brain injuries also have lasting psychological effects on patients. In addition, the tremendous and often daunting medical bills that the patient incurs due to their injury can also have an effect on their recovery. In any case, it would be wise to seek legal help in order to be best represented with chances of victory in a court of law.
The CDC notes that in the year 2013 there were nearly 2.8 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S.
In the Massachusetts case, the driver attempted to flee the scene of the original crash but was found down the road with the passenger severely injured. The same study found that across all age groups, incidents involving a vehicular crash were the third major cause of traumatic brain injury related deaths.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s study into traumatic brain injury is eye opening in respects to the sheer amount of data they collected. While most brain injuries occur from falling it is still frightening that the third major cause is due to vehicle accidents. More adequate safety features and airbags designed to protect rather than concuss the passenger on impact should also be advocated for. Thankfully new technology in car systems is making our roads safer. Soon these traumatic brain injuries may indeed be a thing of the past in relation to auto accidents. Until then it is the responsibility of lawmakers to implement legislation that works to remedy brain related injury medical costs for patients. Once the individual sustains a heavy injury, it is very unlikely that they will ever return to their former lifestyle, which leaves them at the hands of caregivers in whichever form they may take.
To conclude, without the brain, we could not exist in relation to the world around us, and victims at the hand of irresponsible drivers deserve better than they have experienced. There remains much work to be done on the side of automobile manufacturing and driver’s education programs. Events like the one mentioned above have become too normalized in the desensitized culture we live in. Starting now, together, we can bridge the gap in order to build a safer space for every party involved.