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Car accident victim can suffer brain injury

An estimated 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injury or TBI in the U.S. annually. Though many people may associate TBI with veterans and football players, car accident victims can also suffer TBI. Depending on the nature and severity of the accident, car accident victims in Arizona can suffer minor non-life threatening injuries or serious life-altering injuries such as a brain injury and even death. Brain injuries typically range from a mild concussion to some major damage to brain tissue wherein an accident victim may experience memory loss and even experience changes in their personality.

Typically, car accident victims who suffer brain injury have to undergo long rehabilitation at specialized facilities with expertise in traumatic brain injury so that they can regain control of their physical and mental abilities and begin to function normally again. Such treatments can be very costly and may last months or even years. A once able-bodied and functional person can become dependent and require round the clock care to recover.

Undoubtedly, some car accident victims will have medical expenses stemming from the injuries they suffered. If the accident that resulted in a person's TBI was due to the negligence of another driver on the road, the car accident victim and their family may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, economic losses and more.

Driving is a privilege and all drivers on the road have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care when operating a vehicle. This means that drivers must obey all existing traffic laws such as not driving at excessive speeds and being attentive. When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care and a car accident occurs resulting in injuries, the driver will have legal liability for the accident and any related damages. Following a TBI injury due to a car accident, the person may never be whole again but by holding the negligent party responsible, the victim and their family may get some meaningful justice.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury," Accessed Aug. 3, 2015

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