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Car accidents and traumatic brain injury: an often deadly nexus

Brain injuries have always occurred in high numbers in the United States, of course, although they just might not have seemed as prevalent in bygone decades as they do presently.

Head trauma of all types is a much publicized and highly discussed matter these days, with its prominent emergence in both local and national media stories owing to myriad factors.

Sadly, one of those is war, with thousands of American veterans returning from Middle East theaters of conflict with a side assortment of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

Another is sports, a ubiquitous element in national life. Ever-evolving technology reveals the ready potential for and reality of concussions and related head injuries for sports participants at all levels of competition. Highly publicized litigation -- especially the class-action lawsuit filed by several thousand former professional players against the National Football League -- drives home the point. So, too, does a steady stream of media stories voicing the concerns of parents, medical professionals, school administrators, trainers and other parties.

And then there are motor vehicle accidents, which have a close -- and too often fatal -- connection with head injuries. We pointed out that deadly nexus in an article on our website, noting therein an estimate positing that at least 1.4 million TBIs result each year in the United States from vehicle crashes.

That is truly tragic, with such information serving as a clarion call for awareness and on-the-road prudence among motorists and their passengers in Illinois and throughout the country.

Take care. Drive defensively. Doing so unquestionably reduces the risks of being involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffering serious injuries, including head trauma.

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