The force generated by a car accident can break any bone in the body, including the skull. When the skull cracks, many people end up with a traumatic brain injury, which can leave them sidelined with headaches, confusion, and impaired movement. As an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys, we have seen clients suffer TBIs in many different types of car accidents, and we touch on some of the more common below.
Side Impact Collisions
These accidents occur when one vehicle hits another at a perpendicular angle. The front fender of one car slams into the side of another, forming a “T.” For this reason, side-impact collisions are also called “T-bone accidents.”
When struck in the side, motorists can be thrown sideways and slam into the side of the car. As they rebound, they can also strike another motorist sitting beside them, sometimes hitting each other in the skull. This violent rocking back and forth often causes a traumatic brain injury.
When a vehicle is following you too closely, they can slam into your rear end when you stop at an intersection. These rear-end collisions often cause passengers to suffer whiplash, where the head extends forward, usually beyond the regular range of motion, before snapping back in a whip-like manner.
This whip motion can also jiggle the brain around inside the skull, causing damage. Remember, traumatic brain injuries are not caused by cracked skulls but by damage to brain tissue and blood vessels, and any violent rocking can cause this damage. Even if you never crack your head on the steering wheel or dash board, the whip-like motion can injure brain tissue just the same.
These types of accidents are very deadly—though thankfully rare. In a head on collisions, both cars collide front-to-front, often at high speeds. Some head-on collisions occur because a drunk, fatigued, or distracted driver drifts out of their lane and collides with oncoming traffic.
As a vehicle suddenly stops, the body continues to move forward. If the motorist is not wearing a seatbelt and there is no airbag, he can slam into the windshield or the dashboard, hitting his head and suffering a brain injury.
Why You Need an Attorney
After an accident, you might be in a lot of pain and not know where to turn. Victims suffering from traumatic brain injuries often experience confusion, impaired speech, and difficulty remembering details. It can be hard in this condition to focus on receiving compensation for your injuries.
Fortunately, help is available. The team at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers has years of experience helping injured victims just like you. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have handled all sorts of car accidents and understand traumatic brain injuries inside and out.
For more information about how we can help you get a cash settlement, please reach out to us today. We offer a free consultation, which you can schedule by calling 888-540-0325. Avoid delay. California law only gives injured motorists a short window of time to pursue compensation from a driver at fault for the crash.