Patients who have been involved in a serious car accident need to be aware of the possibility of injury to their brain. Surprisingly, this is often overlooked. According to the Brain Injury Association, 2.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and over one third of those are due to car crashes. Approximately 75 percent of head injuries are considered concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries. We have made major advances in the neurosciences in the past two decades and public awareness of what has been referred to as the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injuries has grown exponentially. The recent movie Concussion about the problem of the effects of cumulative head injuries on NFL players was literally a game changer.

Read the rest of Dr. Zender’s article published on Psychology Today.