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Suffering head trauma in a car accident


A car accident can leave a Georgia resident with all sorts of serious injuries. However, of all the injuries a person can suffer, a head trauma is likely to be the biggest cause for concern. A head trauma could include a traumatic brain injury or a skull fracture, among other things.

Most of our readers have probably seen enough car accidents recreated on television and in movies to visualize what takes place in this type of collision. We envision heads snapping back and forth violently, leading to whiplash or head lacerations. This may be somewhat accurate, but many people may wonder what exactly happens in a car collision.

According to the Brain Injury Institute, the real cause behind the injuries a person suffers in a car accident simply boils down to physics. In particular, imagine what happens when a person is driving a car at 60 miles per hour: not only is the vehicle traveling at that speed, but the driver and any passengers are as well. Now, imagine what happens when the car suddenly stops, perhaps in a collision - the vehicle begins to slow down, but the people inside are still traveling at 60 miles per hour. At least, that is, until their momentum is stopped by an outside force, like a seatbelt, the dashboard or the seat in front of them.

It is the secondary collisions within a vehicle that are likely to cause many different injuries, including head trauma. But, if another driver was at fault in the accident, the ultimate blame will be laid upon the person who caused the accident.

Source: www.braininjuryinstitute.org, "Auto Accidents," Accessed April 5, 2015

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