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5 Common Types of Brain Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents

By Luke Dow on January 11, 2017

No two brain injuries are the same, and there is no way to predict how a catastrophic head injury might affect someone while he or she is still recovering. If you sustained potentially life-altering injuries in a car accident, a personal-injury attorney may be able to help.

Luke Dow is a car accident lawyer in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. The at-fault driver may be liable for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to the incident. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free consultation at the Luke Dow Law Firm.


Read on to learn about five types of brain injuries sustained in motor-vehicle wrecks:
  1. Concussion
Concussions are incredibly common – especially among car accident victims – and they can have serious, lasting repercussions. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a direct blow to the head can result in a concussion.

When the brain experiences a sudden impact, its blood vessels can stretch and damage cranial nerves. Concussions vary in severity, and it is possible to get a concussion without experiencing a loss of consciousness.

  1. Contusion
A direct blow to the head can cause a contusion, which is a bruise on the brain. This is a common injury among drivers and passengers who hit their heads on side windows, the dashboard or the steering wheel.
  1. Coup-Contrecoup
If a person suffers a coup-contrecoup injury, that means there is a contusion on the brain at both the site of the blow and on the side of the brain opposite from it. These injuries occur when the force of impact is powerful enough to move the brain, forcing it to slam into the other side of the skull.

Coup-contrecoup injuries can be severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries such as coup-contrecoup contribute to 138 deaths daily.

  1. Diffuse Axonal
Rotational forces are the main cause of diffuse axonal injuries. These injuries occur when the brain, which is unmoving, counteracts with rapid movements of the skill, tearing cerebral structures.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is just one example of the damage that diffuse axonal injuries can cause. It is also common to sustain this kind of brain injury in car accidents. Diffuse axonal injuries can result in temporary or permanent brain damage, as well as in coma and even death.

  1. Penetration
Penetration brain injuries occur when the impact of an object, such as shorn metal or windshield glass, lodges skin and bone fragments into the brain. These objects can travel through the brain, ricochet off the skull, and cause extensive damage.

If you suffered a brain injury due to a drunk, distracted or negligent driver in Texas, turn to the Luke Dow Law Firm for legal guidance. Luke Dow will interview witnesses, gather evidence, evaluate doctors’ records and the police report, and compassionately represent your interests. Call 512-518-4104 today to discuss your case with a personal-injury attorney in Austin.







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