An amazing 144,000 Texans experience a TBI each year. Learn more about TBIs, what causes them, and how they can be prevented.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) levied its highest fine ever – $105 million against Fiat Chrysler. On July 26th, Fiat Chrysler acknowledged numerous violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. In addition to the $105 million fine, Fiat Chrysler agreed to buy back some of the defective vehicles and submit to intensive federal oversight. The violations stem from 23 recalls that covered more than 11 million of their defective vehicles.
And for the past decade, more than 3,000 motorists have died on Texas highways each year. In 2014, there were just 288 fewer deaths (3,534 versus 3,822) than 2003, an 8.1% decrease. Deaths on Texas highways reached a recent low in 2010, with 3,060, and have been on the rise every year since.
And many of the injuries and deaths are traumatic brain injuries.
How Prevalent is Traumatic Brain Injury?
The Texas Brain Injury Alliance says 144,000 Texans experience a TBI each year, 381,000 Texans currently live with a disability caused by TBI, and 5,700 end up with a permanent disability due to a TBI each year. And of the 1.7 million people nationwide who sustain a TBI annually, 52,000 die. Motor vehicles are the second leading cause of TBI, resulting in 17.3% of all TBI injuries and 31.8% of all TBI deaths.
And medical experts aren’t even sure when they’re looking at TBI or its symptoms. You can experience all kinds of symptoms for the long-term, like:
- Mood swings
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few hours
- Clear fluids draining from your nose or ears
- Profound confusion
- Unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
So despite all our modern technology, our roads, and TBI, continue to cause serious health concerns for many.
Astounding statistics – but where are we going with all this?
Today, The NHTSA Continues Crash Testing with Dummies to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
You remember the crash test dummy commercials from the mid-90s, don’t you? They were even semi-popular toys and had their own comic books for a short time.
Well today, the Biomechanics & Trauma division of the NHTSA works with other organizations from around the world to reduce the frequency of TBI, death, and all other injuries in car crashes. But besides having the enviable and super-fun job of crashing cars and studying the results all day through its CIREN program, NHTSA experts also:
- Develops its own brain injury research
- Creates procedures to help emergency medical responders better assess motorist injuries through its AACN program
- Continually makes advances in human modeling to more accurately simulate crashes
- Works to conduct tests specific for “vulnerable occupants” like senior citizens and children
Hopefully, they can find more ways to reduce the frequency and symptoms of TBI in the near future!
And remember, if you or a loved one have been hurt by another motorist’s careless actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an injury attorney in Dallas for a free consultation to learn your legal rights.