Suffering from a traumatic brain injury can be a serious, life-altering situation. Virginia residents should be vigilant and do what they can to prevent such injuries occurring to themselves or to those around them. Brainline.org notes that one of the main causes of TBIs are falls. Other causes include violent acts and vehicle accidents. While many brain injuries are a result of an accident or other unpreventable situation, there are still many things that can be done to prevent them or at least reduce the risk of them occurring.

Brainline.org notes that a brain injury is caused by a jolt, blow or penetration to the head. The easiest way to avoid such injuries is to protect the head when it is in a situation where a blow or jolt could occur or penetration is possible. This means wearing helmets when playing sports or riding a motorcycle or bicycle. In addition, some activities have a higher level of TBI occurrences. Taking extra steps to be vigilant when participating can reduce risks. For example, a person should never dive into a shallow body of water and observe all safety signs at amusement parks.

People should also be alert and aware when it comes to children. Parents should make sure children are supervised when playing, especially on playground equipment where they are climbing. Sports equipment should be checked regularly for wear and safety.

It is also important that everyone stays safe while on the roadways. This includes pedestrians who should be alert at all times, looking and listening as they cross or walk on roadways. Drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts. Finally, nobody should get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol.