What do Football and Car Accidents have in Common?


Head injury. Despite the bony skull, our brain is a vital organ extremely susceptible to outside force, whether delivered on the football field, freeway or in a war zone. Football and car accidents have more in common with each other than we think.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are some of the most serious injury cases our law firm handles. Complicated, disabling and too often fatal, TBI occurs when enough energy is exerted on the brain, either through impact or shock wave, to move or tear delicate neuronal tissue vital to brain function.

In August 2011, Frostberg State University fullback Derek Sheely died after suffering severe brain trauma during football practice. The Annual Survey of Football Injury Research notes four young adults died during the 2011 football season: two high school students, one college student and one sandlot player. The report strongly advises keeping the head, and contact with the head, out of the sport of football.

Help yourself — be careful

As with all devastating injuries, prevention of TBI is more successful than treating it. Consider these tips for keeping yourself and loved ones safe:

  • Always use safety helmets when playing sports and riding a bicycle, horse or motorcycle. Use safety equipment like seat belts, and make sure friends and family do so, too.
  • Do not drink and drive, or drive with anyone who does. Follow traffic rules, and do not drive distracted.
  • Avoid falls. Keep floors clear and walkways well lit.

Football or freeway — your brain does not know the difference. Get experienced legal representation if you or a loved one suffer from a brain injury. If you have been diagnosed with a brain injury, call an auto accident attorney in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. immediately for a free consultation. Let us know how we can fight for you!