Whenever the brain has been damaged by a sudden impact or even physical force to the head, such as when striking the windshield or pavement during a car accident, the overall consequences can be dangerous. A TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury may result in permanent mental, emotional, or physical disability, which include seizures, loss of coordination or mobility, cognition difficulties, and personality changes. Symptoms may be immediate or they could take days or weeks to even develop. The damage may be massive even without any type of penetration of the skull, which I called a closed head injury.
According to the National Institute of Health, transportation accidents which normally involve bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles, do account for one half of every traumatic brain injury. It is true that whiplash, or the sudden jerking of the neck that is seen in motor vehicle accidents, can actually cause a traumatic brain injury. It is a very serious injury and it is one that is very common and what is worse, is that it can be prevented.