Could a simple $300 dollar solution reduce the number of wrong-way drivers and save lives? As North Carolina and Virginia (VA) car accident injury lawyers we know that nearly 4,000 people have been killed in wrong-way traffic crashes nationwide over the last decade. Head-on wrecks are particularly deadly: more than one in five result in a fatality. So what is the $300 dollar solution? Lower-mounted “Wrong-Way” and “Do Not Enter”, signs which cost just $200 to $300 per ramp are more visible in a car's headlights at night, when the majority of wrong-way crashes happen. Experts say drivers who have been drinking also tend to lower their heads. Additionally, federal researchers and other experts concluded changes to freeway ramps including better pavement markings could alert errant drivers they were about to make a potentially fatal mistake. Victims that survive head-on crashes often suffer from traumatic brain injury or TBI. To understand the injuries better you must understand the trauma that the brain suffers upon impact of a car accident. The brain is an extremely delicate soft tissue floating in fluid within the skull. When there is sudden speeding up and slowing down, such as in a car crash or fall, the brain can move around violently inside the skull, resulting in injury.
Although doctors are learning more about TBI treatment every day, we are still in the initial stages of understanding the condition. Those suffering a traumatic brain injury should seek medical attention immediately, so that any bleeding and brain swelling can be controlled. After that point, patients may receive a number of different therapies, ranging from speech therapy to occupational therapy to physical therapy.
Symptoms of TBI can vary from mild to severe. A person may or may not lose consciousness during the event. TBI may lead to dizziness, confusion, vertigo, headaches, fatigue, lightheadedness, blurred vision, ringing ears, and insomnia. On a larger scale, TBI can lead to memory loss, changes in behavior, mood issues, persistent vomiting and nausea, seizures, confusion, attention issues, and inability to concentrate.