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Head injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents

Many motor vehicle accidents in the state of North Carolina are considered minor, meaning that nobody involved was seriously injured. On the other side of things, there are accidents in which one or more person suffers a serious injury, which can lead to many complications in the future.

Head injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents and can include any trauma to the brain, skull or scalp.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a head injury can be considered open or closed.

-- An open injury, also known as a penetrating injury, is the result of an object breaking the skull and coming into contact with the brain. This is more likely when a high rate of speed is involved, such as when a passenger in a vehicle hits the windshield as the result of an accident.

-- A closed head injury happens when an object strikes the head, but the skull is not broken.

Some of the most common head injuries in a car accident include skull fractures, scalp wounds and concussion.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine added more on how common these types of injuries have become, noting that "traumatic brain injury accounts for over 1 in 6 injury-related hospital admissions each year."

There is no way of knowing what will happen during a motor vehicle accident, as no two situations are the same. That said, head injuries are common. If a person injures his or her head in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, they may want to learn more about their legal rights.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, "Head injury - first aid" Oct. 15, 2014

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