Causes of TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from any external insult to the head. The following graph depicts the relative percentages of TBI's caused by various types of events. (see

  • Falls are the leading cause of TBI, with the greatest risk for injury among individuals aged 0-4 years and aged 75+ years.
  • Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are the greatest cause of TBI-related hospitalizations; TBIs due to MVAs are most prevalent in individuals aged 15-19 years.
Causes of TBI broken down into a pie chart