An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 New Jerseyans suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year, according to the state Department of Health, and about 1,000 people die from them.
About 175,000 New Jerseyans are currently living with disabilities from traumatic brain injuries.
The most common causes of brain trauma are motor vehicle crashes, falls, assaults, and self-inflicted injuries.
The age pattern for all brain injuries is the same for every racial and ethnic group. A majority of these type of trauma affect those younger than 35, but injury rates rise sharply after age 65, due to falls.