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From impact to recovery: A guide to brain injuries from car crashes

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents

Car accidents are traumatic events that can lead to serious injuries. Brain injuries, which can have lasting effects on a person’s life, are a surprisingly common challenge after a collision. What should you know a crash left you or a loved one with a brain injury?

What causes concussions and other TBIs?

A brain injury occurs when an external force, such as a blow to the head during a car accident, injures the brain. The severity of brain injuries can vary greatly, from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Car accidents are one of the most common causes of these injuries.

In car accidents, brain injuries can occur due to several reasons. Some are a result of direct impacts. Because a car is an enclosed space, the head of a driver or passenger can easily strike the steering wheel, dashboard or window. Objects in the car can also strike a person’s head during a collision.

Rapid acceleration or deceleration can also lead to injuries. The sudden jolt of a car accident can lead to the brain moving inside the skull. This can cause bruising and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels.

Could you have a brain injury?

Depending on the area of the brain affected and the severity of the damage, a brain injury can involve a variety of different symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings or changes in behavior
  • Sensory problems, such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty with concentration or decision-making

If you or someone you know shows any of these symptoms after a car accident, it Is very important to get medical help right away. Getting treated not only helps with recovery but also supports you if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit later on.

Coping with what happens after a car accident can be stressful, especially when you or a loved one must cope with a brain injury. Knowing the signs of these serious injuries and getting the right medical and legal support can help you take the first steps toward recovery.