Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
  • The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission tracks TBI in Georgia through their Central Registry.
  • In 2008 in Georgia, there were over 50,000 TBIs, including causes such as:
    • falls (49.88%)
    • car accidents (24.36%)
    • being struck by an object or person (14.3%)
    • violence or assault (11.4%).
  • Seven times more people experience TBI each year than HIV/AIDS and breast cancer combined.
  • 5.3 million Americans, more than 2% of the population, live with disabilities as a result of TBI.
  • In Georgia alone, an average of 150,000 people have permanent disabilities caused by brain injuries. Annually, approximately 50,000 Georgians suffer brain injuries, with an estimated more than 3,000 of these injuries resulting in permanent disabilities.
  • Only 20% of persons with brain injury are able to get rehabilitation and other services needed to aid recovery because of high costs, insurance gaps, widespread lack of knowledge about brain injury, and shortage of services.
  • Brain injury often impoverishes families and costs society $48.3 billion annually.
  • About 75% of TBI’s that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI
  • Read more about brain injury statistics at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).