Do You Need a Crash Helmet to Drive Your Car?

Motorcyclists and bicyclists wear them for protection. Athletes in many sports wear them, too. Racecar drivers must wear them for safety purposes. The safety device that all of these people commonly wear is a helmet.

Now, the idea of everyday motorists driving down a Maryland expressway wearing helmets is rather ridiculous to think about. However, the dangers of serious head or traumatic brain injuries are a harsh reality for you as a motorist, just like they are for the others listed above.

Did you know that motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of all head injuries that occur in the U.S. each year? These car crashes cause approximately 28% of all traumatic brain injuries, and lead to nearly 250,000 total head injuries annually. As a result, surgeries, extensive medical care, rehabilitation and therapy may be needed throughout the recovery process. Permanent brain damage is also a common end result from these head or brain injuries.

What causes brain and head injuries in a D.C. car crash?

  • Windshields
  • Dashboards
  • Side Windows
  • Airbags
  • Loose Interior Objects

When you are riding in a car, your body is traveling at the same speed as your car. But if your car suddenly stops, then your body continues to travel forward at the same speed it initially was, until something stops it. In moderate to severe crashes, the airbag does this. However, in some cases, your body may be flung into the dashboard, a side door or window, or the front windshield. If your head happens to collide with these objects, the force can cause skull fractures, vision problems, brain damage, and a whole slew of other related injuries.

The next time you need to go for a drive, maybe you just might think twice about putting on that helmet!

If you’ve suffered a serious head or brain injury in a D.C. car accident, you may be entitled to collect for your damages. At Lewis & Tompkins, we believe that those responsible should be held fully accountable. Call us today at 202-296-0666 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.