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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults under age 44, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. Car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports injuries top the list of TBI causes. Currently, about two percent of the U.S. population, or 5.3 million people, live with disabilities caused by a TBI, and TBI claims about 52,000 lives each year – or about one thousand people each week.

The more you know about traumatic brain injury, the better equipped you become to protect your rights or the rights of someone you love after a catastrophic accident. Here are some more sobering statistics about brain injury:
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A fire truck on its way to a Trenton auto accident collided with a pickup truck, killing a 3-year-old girl inside the vehicle, according to this news report. The fatal accident reportedly happened at a busy intersection in Trenton.

The impact of the collision sent the pickup truck spinning into the center median where it slammed into a light pole. The toddler was rushed to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Two other children and two firefighters were also transported to the hospital, but their injuries were apparently not life-threatening. Several people on that street were also injured when the light pole fell, but those pedestrian injuries were only minor, the report states.
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