Dallas News 45 Earnhardt Jr. Highlights Risk of TBI in Dallas Car Accidents 537Posted: November 21, 2012 | Author: Lawyer | Filed under: Car Accident Lawyers | Tags: personal injury lawyers dallas, personal injury laywers fort worth | Comments Off on Dallas News 45 Earnhardt Jr. Highlights Risk of TBI in Dallas Car Accidents 537
The issue of traumatic brain injuries in auto accidents made national news after Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he would sit out a pair of races after back-to-back concussions at crashes in Kansas and Talladega.
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“You know your body and how your mind works, and I knew something was just not quite right. I decided to just try to push through and work through it,” Earnardt Jr. said according to USAToday. Earnhardt Jr. was little more than a rookie, and driving just in front of his late father in the 2001 Daytona 500, when Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed after slamming into the Turn 4 wall on the last lap. Cause of death was a basilar skull fracture, caused when his head, propelled by the velocity of the collision, snapped forward in the accident.
NASCAR has since made many safety improvements, including a next-generation car that moves the driver toward the center, a head-and-neck restraint device and soft wall technology. However, the risk of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries has not abated.