One of the most common types of traumatic brain injury in Georgia and across the nation is diffuse axonal injury (DAI). Unlike other types of brain injuries which are usually caused by some type of strike or blow to the head, diffuse axonal injury is a result of the brain moving back and forth at a very high rate of speed. This sudden acceleration of the brain can cause significant damage over a wide area. The level of severity of a diffuse axonal injury can vary, however, the condition is one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury fatalities. If you or a loved one has sustained a diffuse axonal injury, contact the Law Offices of Andrew Lynch to speak with a diffuse axonal injury lawyer Atlanta Georgia families recommend.
How Do These Injuries Occur?
Diffuse axonal injuries are often the result of vehicle accidents, falls, sports, shaken baby syndrome. The injury occurs because the brain tissue is twisted and turned, which causes axons and blood cells to tear. This results in a breakdown in brain cell communication, causing significant impairment to the functioning and chemistry of the brain.
When there is an abrupt shift in velocity, like what happens upon impact during a car wreck, this change can cause the twisting of the brain tissue, leading to diffuse axonal injury. Consider the way occupants in a vehicle are often violently thrown forward at the dashboard or sideways in a vehicle in a bad crash. This jarring and shaking of the brain hitting the skull can cause significant damage and tearing.
A Georgia brain injury attorney knows that these injuries can occur in any type of vehicle crash, including:
- Head-On Collisions: These are among the least common but most potentially deadly types of car accidents. They occur when a driver in an opposing lane or on a one-way street crashes head-on into another. Alcohol use is a common factor in these accidents, and fatalities are more likely to be involved when one of the drivers is speeding.
- Rear-End Collisions: As one of the most common types of car accidents, these occur when one driver hits into the rear of another. These accidents are more likely in high traffic conditions and when reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, going too fast for conditions, tailgating, and distracted driving are involved.
- Side-Impact Collisions: Another common type of car accident, these often occur in intersections when one car slams directly into the side of another. Common causes include running stop signs or traffic signals and driving under the influence.
- Sideswipe Collisions: These types of car accidents often occur when both drivers are headed in the same direction and the side of one car collides against the side of another. They are commonly the result of aggressive driving behaviors, such as improper passing and failure to yield.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a car accident or other type of accident caused by another party, call the Law Offices of Andrew Lynch to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an Atlanta Georgia diffuse axonal injury lawyer and learn what legal recourse you may have.