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Brain injuries: Shocking statistics and prevention tips

With warmer weather quickly approaching, Delaware citizens will be heading outdoors to enjoy activities such as biking, playing sports and even skateboarding. When participating in these activities, head protection is always recommended. The brain is one of the most important organs in the body, and it is also one of the most fragile. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries are one of the top causes of injury and death in America these days.

Many Americans may be unaware that car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Recent statistics say that, in the United States, motor vehicle crashes account for about 17 percent of all traumatic brain injuries. To prevent injuries, motorists should always buckle up, wear helmets when riding scooters or motorcycles, never drive impaired and obey all traffic laws. Reportedly, around three million Americans are presently living with disabilities due to traumatic brain injuries.

Each year in the United States, around 2.8 million adults and children suffer a traumatic brain injury, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. These types of injuries affect children differently and can be more deadly. Sometimes, brain injuries in children may go unnoticed at first, since children's brains are still developing. Tragically, statistics say that traumatic brain injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States.

Although no person expects to suffer a brain injury, these afflictions can happen at any time. Delaware residents who have suffered brain injuries due to negligence may want to consider discussions with a legal representative. Damages from a successful lawsuit could provide much-needed financial relief for victims and families.

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