CAR ACCIDENTS ARE THE SECOND-LEADING
cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
among all age groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Car crashes are the leading cause of TBI-related death (31.8 percent), the CDC says. Motor vehicle-related TBI death rates were highest among persons aged 15 to 24 years, the CDC found in a 10-year study released in 2011. TBI deaths in car accidents were also 2.4 times higher among males than among females. A study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that of 55,542 teenage drivers and their passengers who suffered serious personal injury in a car crash during 2009 and 2010, the most frequent injuries (30 percent) were acute head injuries, including concussions, skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).