Car Accidents can Cause Serious Head Injuries

November 22, 2016 | Brain and Spinal Injury

Injuries sustained by a senior at Brownsburg High School earlier in late October highlight the fact that car accident can cause extremely serious head trauma. According to a report published at, football player and student Matt Turk has in a medically induced coma as of October 24th due to injuries he sustained in a car accident. In addition to head injuries, Turk also suffering a fractured femur and facial fractures that will require surgery.

How Do Car Accidents Cause Head Injuries?

With modern safety measures like airbags, seatbelts, and head restraints, one may think that head injuries would be a relatively uncommon outcome in motor vehicle accidents. The truth of the matter is that head injuries can easily occur in spite of these advances in safety technology and often leave victims with significant medical problems. Most car accidents involve sudden deceleration, which can force a vehicle occupant’s head to slam into the dashboard, window, steering wheel, or even the windshield. In the event that a person is not wearing a seatbelt or a seatbelt malfunctions, he or she could even go through the windshield head first.

Importantly, brain injuries can occur even in the absence of contact between the had another object. In whiplash injuries, the brain can bump into the skull causing a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

Can Head Injury Victims Recover Compensation?

If you have sustained a head injury in a car accident, you may be wondering if you will be able to recover compensation for the losses you have sustained. These losses may include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as others. Fortunately, under Indiana law, if you can establish that your accident was the result of another person’s negligence, there is a good chance that you will be able to recover compensation. Some examples of negligent conduct that could lead to a head injury causing car accident include the following:

-Defective vehicle design or manufacture
-Impaired driving
-Poor vehicle maintenance
-Poor road maintenance or design
-Following too closely
-Distracted driving
-Ignoring stop signs or stop lights

Call Merry Fountain to Discuss Your Case

At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many head injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced Indianapolis brain injury attorney handling your case.  Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home.  Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.