Each year, over 1.5 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can change their lives forever. While there are numerous causes for these injuries, a few stand out as the most common. So, what are the top three causes of brain injuries? Let’s explore.

Car Accidents

According to the CDC, car accidents account for about 15% of traumatic brain injuries. Some of these injuries result from safety measures like airbags, which, while life-saving, also carry a high risk of causing concussions. Additionally, the impact of a crash can cause occupants to be thrown around inside the vehicle, increasing the likelihood of concussions and head trauma from striking hard surfaces.

Being Hit by an Object

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) reports that approximately 17% of brain injuries are due to being struck by an object or person. Falls involving objects are particularly severe, often causing double impacts: first from the object hitting the victim and then from the victim hitting the ground. This repeated trauma significantly raises the risk of concussions and severe injuries such as coup-contrecoup injuries.

Slips and Falls

Slip and falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in the United States, responsible for 50% of all TBI-related hospitalizations, according to the CDC. The danger lies in the mechanics of the fall. When someone slips, they often hit their head, particularly if they fall backward. The combined weight of the falling body and gravitational force acts as a force multiplier, greatly increasing the risk of severe trauma and TBIs.

If you have experienced a brain injury through no fault of your own, we are here to help. To schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Atlanta brain injury attorney from The Mabrey Firm, call us at (404) 841-4991 or send us an email.

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