It’s no surprise Oklahomans like to drive fast. In April 2019, the state passed legislation increasing the speed limit on Oklahoma turnpikes from 75 mph to 80 mph.
Sadly, increased speed limits can sometimes result in more car crashes. If motorists are traveling at such high speeds on Oklahoma roads, they could face a higher risk of injury or death. Depending on how a crash occurs, the bodily damages motorists endure could be long-lasting. One of the most detrimental injuries one could face in a road collision is a traumatic brain injury.
What is a TBI and what causes them?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI typically occurs when a person suffers a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. TBIs can be caused by an object that severely penetrates the brain tissue. In a car crash, a brain injury’s severity can depend on a variety of factors. Some of those can include how fast the vehicle was traveling and what side the motorist got hit from.
What are some warning signs someone has a TBI?
TBIs can have a wide range of both physical and mental effects on car crash victims. While some may appear right away, others may not show up for days or even weeks. Here are some red flags to look out for:
- Loss of consciousness
- Being regularly confused or disoriented
- Headaches, nausea or vomiting
- Sleep problems
- Significant memory or concentration problems
- Having mood changes or mood swings
- Having feelings of anxiety or depression
- Convulsions or seizures
- Profound confusion
- Slurred speech
Victims deserve equitable compensation
Getting a TBI due to the negligence of another driver is a burden many Oklahomans can’t afford. These injuries can result in expensive medical bills and lost wages. These setbacks can impact more than just the person injured in the crash. That’s because they may have to provide for their families or loved ones. If that’s the case, victims should seek compensation for their suffering. That way, they can make sure they get covered during their time of healing.