Statistics & Facts
You are not alone
- Every 21 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a brain injury. You may have been injured yourself or may know someone who has. Brain injuries most often result from motor vehicles crashes, violence or falls. Some injuries are severe, causing death or coma, while others are milder with symptoms that are harder to recognize.
- The majority of people who suffer from mild or moderate brain injuries can recover fully, but the effects, while they last, can be confusing, freighting and highly disruptive.
- An estimated 5.3 million Americans – a little more than 2% of the U.S. population – currently live with disabilities resulting from brain injury.*
- It is estimated that one million people are treated for TBI and released from hospital emergency rooms every year.*
- Each year, 80,000 Americans experience the onset of long-term disability following TBI.*
- More than 50,000 people die every year as a result of TBI.*
- Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of brain injury. They account for 50% of all TBIs.*
- Falls are the second leading cause, and the leading cause of brain injury in the elderly.
- The risk of TBI is highest among adolescents, young adults, and those older than 75.*
- After one brain injury, the risk for a second injury is three times greater, after the second injury, the risk for a third injury is eight times greater.*
Reference* : Centers for Disease Control, Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: A Report to Congress.