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Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Sadly, countless individuals are affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Even if a TBI victim does not pass away, they may face a future of pain and disabilities that make it difficult for them to live a high quality of life. Although there are a variety of causes of traumatic brain injuries, the leading ones which were identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report are listed below.

If you or someone you love has suffered from a TBI, it is in your best interest to contact the Houston traumatic brain injury lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500. We’ll determine whether negligence played a role in your injury, and we may be able to help recover compensation on your behalf.


The leading cause of TBIs in the United States is falls. In fact, over 1.3 million – or almost 50 percent – of all brain injuries were the result of falls. Falls account for most of the TBIs among infants, small children, and seniors.

Being Struck By or Against an Object

Being struck by or against an object is the second leading cause of TBIs. This occurs when there is falling debris or when someone is struck by an object such as concrete shrapnel, a power tool, brick, or cinder block. 1 in 5 TBI injuries in children ages 15 and under were caused by being struck by or against an object.

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Traffic-Related Incidents

Motor vehicle accidents and traffic-related incidents are the third leading cause of TBIs. Sadly, TBIs that stem from motor vehicle accidents and traffic-related incidents result in 32 percent or the largest percentage of TBI-related fatalities.


10 percent of TBIs are caused by assault. 2.9 percent of children up to 14 years-old, and only 1 percent of adults ages 65 and older experienced a TBI as the result of assault.

Unknown Causes

When the cause of TBIs is not determined by an emergency report, these TBIs fit into the unknown causes category. The causes of 8 percent of TBIs is unknown.


7 percent of TBIs are categorized under “other.” Animal scratches, radiation exposure, fireworks, electrocution, welding flash burns, and other causes that do not fit into another category are considered “other.”

Why Contact a Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer?

Due to the serious nature of TBIs, if you or someone you love has suffered from one, it’s important to collect the resources necessary for recovery and rehabilitation. If a TBI was the result of another party’s negligence, a lawsuit may help you or a loved one recover compensation and gain access to resources that are essential for an improved quality of life.

By contacting a Houston traumatic brain injury lawyer, you can determine exactly what caused the TBI, and whether there are any negligent parties responsible for it. A lawyer can build a strong case and help secure a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C.

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, contact the Houston traumatic brain injury lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500 as soon as possible. In the event negligence is established, we will fight for the compensation you deserve during this tragic time in your life.