Pedestrians, cyclists and others on or around the roads may suffer serious injuries if they’re involved in a crash. Unfortunately, many collisions do cause traumatic brain injuries, which can have lifelong consequences.

There are many kinds of brain injuries, such as concussions, diffuse axonal injuries and others. If you suffer from one of them, you may have a long road to recovery ahead of you. When you arrive at the hospital, tests will help the medical team give you a score on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This score will give them an idea of how serious your brain injury is so that they can start taking action to help you recover.

Anyone who is given a score of 9 to 12 has a moderate brain injury. Scores of 8 and below are considered to be acute, meaning that the injury is severe and potentially life-threatening in some cases.

A severe brain injury can cause changes in the way you:

  • Think
  • Sense
  • Speak or use language
  • Emote

Traumatic brain injuries also increase the risk of developing epilepsy and other diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

When you’re hurt by another person and end up with a brain injury, it’s important that they take responsibility. If you’re hit by a drunk driver, reckless driver or anyone who violated the rules of the road and caused a crash, you may be able to pursue a claim and ask that they cover your medical care, lost wages and other financial losses. This is a difficult situation for you, but financial support can make a big difference in how you recover and the treatments you receive.