The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for May 6, reports that incidents of traumatic brain injury-related deaths in the U.S. decreased between the years of 1997 to 2007.
However, the report reminds us that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) still cause about 53,014 deaths in the U.S. annually and is a leading cause of death and disability among adults. The good news is TBI death rates decreased significantly among people up to the age of 44 but unfortunately increased significantly among those ages 75 or older. TBI mostly affects males and rates were found to be highest among American Indian and Alaskan Natives and lowest among Hispanics, although all races and ages are affected.
TBI remains a major public health problem and the TBI-deaths were associated with firearm use, motor vehicle crashes and falls. With 53,014 TBI-related deaths every year in the U.S., motor vehicle-related TBI deaths decreased 22 percent from 1997 to 2007. That may be due to the use of seat belts and primary enforcement legislation. Florida joined 18 other states in June 2009 in enacting a primary seat belt law.
Seat belt use is important because every time someone is thrown from a vehicle they increase the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto, motorcycle, or trucking accident and suffered a TBI, you should know the road to recovery can be a long and costly one. The responsible party for any motor vehicle collision should be required to pay the costs associated with rehabilitation. The Florida brain injury lawyers at Farah & Farah can help determine the liable party and make sure your medical needs and lost wages are taken care of.