Whether you're in a car crash in Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of those scary conditions you hope that you'll never have to deal with. An injury to the brain is not just physical; it can affect your personality, mood, memory and other traits that have always made "you."


A TBI can occur when there is some type of head injury, including a bump, blow or jolt. The head may not even be penetrated in any way, which can make a TBI harder to spot initially. One of the more troubling sides of a TBI is that although it can be quite a severe injury, it can happen in any kind of car accident, no matter how minor or major. If you are rear ended at a low speed, there's still a possibility that your head can hit something or jolt too quickly or hard.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that the second leading cause of TBI in every single age group is motor vehicle accidents. Car crashes are also the number one cause of TBI-related deaths. Even if an individual survives, 43 percent of people hospitalized after a TBI still have a disability one year after the injury. This disability could be more physical, affecting vision, perception, hearing, lack of balance and other motor functions. However, as stated above, it could also be more emotional and result in anxiety, depression, impulse control, attention and other changes in personality.

A traumatic brain injury after a car crash is not something to be taken lightly. If you or a loved one experienced a TBI after a wreck, it is in your best interest to contact a car crash attorney immediately. For some people, a TBI may never fully heal and could need a lifetime of treatment, filing a claim against the negligent party will help off-set these costs. If you were injured in a car crash in Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas, contact The Girards Law Firm today for a free consultation at 888-333-9709.