Q&A: Leading Cause of TBI

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Q: What is the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States?

A: Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of acquired brain injury (ABI) and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.  At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain TBIs in the U.S. each year. The causes of TBIs are ranked as:

  • Falls – 40.5%
  • Struck by/against – 15.5%
  • Motor vehicle – 14.3%
  • Assaults – 10.7%
  • Unknown – 19%

Visit Brain Injury Association of Michigan for information about living with a brain injury.


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