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Suffered A Brain Injury In A Car Accident? Here's What You Need To Know

Best & Flatt, P.A. - Monday, February 11, 2019

Every year, approximately 3 million people are hurt by a car. While some of these injuries aren't serious, others such as brain injuries can be life-threatening or permanent.

Car accident victims who suffer brain injuries often suffer from the costs of long-term care, rehabilitation, and medical treatment. These financial strains can be a burden to the victim and their loved ones, especially when the victim can't earn an income while they're recovering.

An experienced auto accident attorney understands these difficulties and can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

What car accidents can cause a brain injury?

After a car accident, there are four types of brain injuries you can suffer from. These injuries include concussions, contusions, coup-contrecoup injuries, and diffuse axonal injuries.

Any of these types of brain injuries can be caused by:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-impact collisions

In a head-on collision, the impact may cause your head to hit the dashboard or steering wheel. The impact can also cause your brain to strike against the inside of your skull, which is also the case in side-impact or rear-end collisions.

Rear-end collisions can also cause loose objects in your vehicle to project forward and strike your head. Side-impact collisions can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and spinout into another vehicle or object such as a tree or pole. Any impact to the head can cause a serious brain injury.

How can I prove the other driver is liable for my injury?

Your auto accident attorney needs to prove the other driver is liable for your brain injury to recover compensation after the motor vehicle accident. Your auto accident attorney will need to prove the following factors:

  1. Duty of care. Duty of care refers to a driver's legal duty to follow traffic laws and to drive in a safe manner.
  2. Breach of duty. The driver at-fault breached their duty of care by driving recklessly or breaking a traffic law.
  3. Causation. You suffered a brain injury directly because of the car accident that was caused by the other driver's breach of duty.
  4. Damages. You've suffered damages relating to the brain injury caused by the other driver's breach of duty. These damages include medical bills, inability to work, and more.

Are you in need of car accident lawyers for your case?

Up to 6 million car accidents take place in the U.S. every year. South Carolina has 62% more fatal motor vehicle accidents than the national average.

If you were hurt by another driver and suffered a brain injury or any other injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. For more information, contact the law offices of Best and Flatt for a consultation today.

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