As the weather gets warmer, you may find yourself wanting to get out of the house more to enjoy the Oklahoma sunshine. Whether you are driving your family to the park for an afternoon of fun or heading to the home improvement store to plan your first spring project, you will be out among the thousands of other travelers, some of whom are not paying attention to their driving.

You may take every possible precaution to remain safe. You wear your seat belt, use appropriate safety seats for your children and keep your cell phone in your pocket. Nevertheless, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, and this places you at risk of accident and injury. Among the most common injuries victims of car accidents face are traumatic brain injuries, which can alter the course of your life.

Long-term consequences

The most common cause of brain injuries is falling, followed next by traffic accidents. Your brain can sustain damage both from a direct blow to the skull as well as from the violent shaking of the head, which causes bruising as the brain strikes the insides of the skull. Almost 300,000 people suffer brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents, and many of these are severe enough to require lifelong medical care. A moderate to severe brain injury can leave you with the following:

  • Difficulty processing your thoughts
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Struggles understanding what others say to you
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Challenges controlling your emotions
  • Confusion and frustration with tasks that were once simple for you

Even a mild brain injury, which you may know as a concussion, can result in long-term complications, including headaches. In the U.S. alone, 137 people die every day from complications related to a brain injury, and another three million brain injury victims live with disabilities.

Children and brain injuries

Because children’s brains are still growing and developing, it is not always easy to predict how a brain injury will affect them as they get older. Researchers are finding that even mild injuries to the brain can resurface as impairments as the child grows. You may insist that your children wear helmets when they ride their bikes, but there may be little you can do to protect them if a negligent driver causes an accident in which they are injured.

If you or a loved one suffers a brain injury in an accident, you deserve the highest quality care possible. Obtaining that care may require exhausting every avenue for compensation for your injuries.