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Facts About Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injury

Facts about traumatic brain and spinal cord injury in children and young adults

  • Traumatic Brain Injury is the number one cause of both death and disability in children and young adults.
  • Every five minutes one person will die andanother will become permanently disabled due to brain injury.
  • Drivers under age 25 have the highest deathrate and the lowest seat belt usage rate.
  • Seat belts reduce the likelihood of fatal or serious injuries by 40 to 55 percent.
  • 60 percent of teens killed in auto accidents last year were not wearing seat belts.
  • Non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likelyto be involved in a fatal crash than helmeted riders.
  • Wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding reduces the risk of a severe brain injury by 68 percent.
  • 70 to 80 percent of bicycle fatalities involve a head injury - bicycle helmets are 85 to 88 percent effective in preventing these injuries.
  • Children 14 and under are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash than older riders.
  • Among children ages 14 and under, more than 80 percent of bicycle related fatalities are associated with behavior, including riding into the street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign and riding against the flow of traffic.

 

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