Every day, 138 people die from injuries that include a traumatic brain injury. Those lucky enough to survive, don’t escape unscathed. Moderate-to-severe cases result in a lifelong condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Traumatic brain injuries are not always caused by traumatic events
Traumatic brain injury in the United States is one of the leading causes of death and disability, contributing to about 30 percent of all injury deaths, reports the CDC. What makes TBIs so prevalent? What many people don’t understand is that TBIs can occur from incidents that don’t seem that traumatic.
Top 4 causes of traumatic brain injuries
One of the first steps toward preventing TBIs is gaining awareness on common injury origin points. The top four causes of TBIs listed by the CDC are:
• Falls: Falls accounted for 40 percent of all TBIs between 2006 and 2010. Fifty-five percent of TBIs in children ages 0 to 14 were caused by falls, and 81 percent of TBIs in people over the age of 64 were caused by falls.
• Accidental hit by object: Unintentional blunt trauma accounted for 15.5 percent of traumatic brain injuries. In children under the age of 15, blunt trauma was the cause of TBI in 24 percent of cases. (Oftentimes, these injuries occur on the job, such as at a construction site or in an oil field.)
• Motor vehicle crashes: Motor vehicle crashes accounted for 14 percent of traumatic brain injuries. However, motor vehicle wrecks were the cause of 26 percent of all TBI-related deaths between 2006 and 2010.
• Assault: Approximately 10 percent of TBIs were caused by assault, and about 75 percent of these injuries occurred in people between the age of 15 and 44.