What Is the Leading Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Each year, countless people are affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, statistics show that approximately 138 people die from injuries that include TBI every single day. Even in cases where TBI is not fatal, the victim may still face the burden of life-long disabilities. It is for this reason that brain injuries are particularly devastating for victims and their families.

How common is TBI? The following statistics from 2010 will give you a better idea:

  • More than 280,000 people were hospitalized for TBI-related injuries
  • More than 2.2 million people visited the ER for TBI-related injuries
  • More than 50,000 died as a result of TBI alone or a TBI-related injury
  • More than 248,400 children (19 or younger) were treated for TBI

The Most Common Causes of Brain Injury

Among the most common causes of TBI in the U.S. include falls, vehicle accidents, violence, sports-related accidents and other types of blunt trauma. According to statistics from 2006 to 2010, falls were the leading cause of TBI—accounting for 40% of all cases. Age also plays a factor, as the most common fall victims are those in the youngest and oldest age groups.

In the same amount of time, more than 55% of all TBIs among children (0 to 14) were caused by falls. Among elderly adults (65 and older), fall-related accidents accounted for 81% of all TBIs. Some of the other leading causes include blunt trauma, which accounted for 15.5% of all TBIs in the U.S., and motor vehicle accidents, which accounted for another 14.3% of all TBIs.

Who is most at risk for traumatic brain injury?

When looking at data from 2006 to 2010, it can be inferred that men are three times more likely to die from a traumatic brain injury than women. Elderly adults are also more likely to suffer a brain injury from a fall, whereas young adults (age 5 to 24) are more likely to suffer TBI in a motor vehicle accident. For children under the age of four, assault is the leading cause of TBI.

For more facts & statistics about traumatic brain injury, please visit the CDC website.

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