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Traumatic Brain Injuries from Automobile Collisions


One of the most common injuries suffered in North Carolina car collisions is TBI, or traumatic brain injury. TBI does not describe just one injury, but a category of injury that encompasses several specific types of damages to the brain.

Trauma to the brain can occur during an automobile accident when the skull strikes an object like a steering wheel or windshield.  

In the case of an automobile accident the sheer force of the accident can cause the brain to collide against the internal hard bone of the skull. The reason why this can occur is that when a moving head comes to a quick stop, the brain continues in its movement, striking the interior of the skull. The particular type of traumatic brain injury could determine the symptoms the patient experiences, as well as their prognosis for recovery.

Different Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

  • Concussions: Concussions are the most frequent brain injury in traumatic accidents. Concussions are typically mild and nonfatal. Some can be more serious, however, and cause lasting damages.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury: This type of brain injury is common in car accidents. It arises from extreme forces exerted on the head and brain, such as those in a serious collision.
  • Brain Contusion: A contusion within the brain refers to a bruise. The brain could suffer a contusion in an auto accident when something impacts the head from the outside. Contusions are localized injuries that can be minor or life-threatening.
  • Open Head Injury: An open head injury is one that involves a cracked or fractured skull.
  • Acquired Brain Injury: An acquired brain injury (ABI) occurs from within the body, not external forces.

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment

Most people who have had a significant brain injury will require rehabilitation. They may need to relearn basic skills, such as walking or talking. The goal is to improve their abilities to perform daily activities.

Rehabilitation may include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Neuropsychologist

North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys

If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a North Carolina automobile collision caused by another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.

Maginnis Howard’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard has years of experience handling complex personal injury cases.

All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis – meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. You can reach us at (919) 526-0450 or send a message through our contact page.