Quick Facts (AACBIS, Chapter 1) - Traumatic Brain Injury

  • 1.4 million Americans survive traumatic brain injuries each year. (CDC, 2001);
  • Every 23 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury.
  • More than 50,000 people die every year as a result of traumatic brain injury.
  • 1/3 of all injury related deaths are due to traumatic brain injury.
  • 235,000 people are hospitalized each year with traumatic brain injury.
  • 80,000-90,000 Americans experience the onset of a long-term disability following traumatic brain injury each year.
  • After one traumatic 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.
  • Traumatic brain injuries cost more than $60 billion in the year 2000.
  • The costs associated with traumatic brain injuries are often due to the resultant life-long disability.
  • Males sustain nearly two to three times as many brain injuries as females.
  • Firearms are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury related death for men ages 15-84.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury related death for women 15-74.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death from traumatic brain injury for women over 75 years of age and men over 85 years of age.