Side Impact Car Accidents and Brain Injuries

Researchers at the University of Rochester advocated for changes in car designs that would make the sides of cars as safe as the front of cars to protect occupants during a side impact car accident. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester found that occupants in vehicles involved in side-impact car accidents were three times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury compared with people in other types of collisions.

Other key factors from the report include:

  • Traumatic brain injury resulted in death in 51 to 74 percent of single-vehicle side impact car accidents and 41 to 64 percent of multiple vehicle side impact car accidents.
  • Better head protection could reduce the number of fatal or critical brain injuries in side-impact car accidents.
  • Females are more likely to suffer a TBI in side-impact car accidents than men due to men having more neck strength.
  • Brain injuries sustained in side-impact car accidents tend to be more severe than other types of collisions.
  • Almost 10,000 people are killed each year in side-impact car accidents.

Because the risk of traumatic brain injury is higher in side-impact car accidents, researchers suggested that emergency medical personnel and doctors should be aware of the problem so that they can check for brain injuries even if no symptoms are present. If you or a family member is involved in a side impact car crash, it is in your best interest to insist doctors check for brain trauma.

Are Children At A Higher Risk?

Yes, children are at a higher risk of serious injury in a side impact car crash than in other types of crashes according to the research by Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. Research found that children between the ages of five and nine receive moderate injuries in side-impact car accidents compared to only 15 percent in front impact crashes and only three percent in rear-end crashes.

When children are in the vehicle during side impact car accidents, the research revealed:

  • 17% of the children sustained abdominal injuries
  • 22% of the children sustained an injury to one or more extremities
  • 23% of the children sustained a significant impact related injury
  • 39% of the children sustained a head injury

It is important for parents to seek immediate medical attention for their child in the event of a car crash. However, in side impact car accidents, parents should insist doctors perform thorough medical examinations and diagnostic tests to identify all injuries so treatment can begin as soon as possible. The quicker an injury is diagnosed, the quicker treatment can begin to prevent further injury and improve the prognosis.

Have You Been Injured In A Pennsylvania Car Crash?

If you or a family member has been injured in a side impact collision, contact the car accident attorneys of Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC to schedule a free consultation. Our experienced automobile accident attorneys understand the devastation caused by a vehicle accident. We provide guidance and support as you work to recover from your injuries and we work to recover the compensation you are entitled to receive under Pennsylvania's personal injury laws.


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