Brain injuries can occur any time a person is involved in an accident where the brain suddenly strikes against the inside of the skull, as this causes a disruption in its normal functioning.
For this reason, car accidents, which are distinguished by sudden and violent impacts are the perfect breeding ground for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that car accidents are the leading cause of hospitalization for those between the ages of 15 and 44. Car accidents were second only to serious falls in causing the majority of TBI-related hospitalizations across the U.S.
Brain injuries from car accidents often have devastating consequences for those
who sustain them, as these individuals may experience everything from headaches
and nausea to memory loss and permanent brain damage. To learn more about your
legal options following a brain injury diagnosis, please contact an experienced
car accident lawyer who can advise you.
The Types of Car Accidents that Result in
Most car accidents, even minor collisions, involve some sort of abrupt impact. In serious cases, this movement can cause a person’s head to come into contact with other surfaces or objects, or even snap forward and backward in an abrupt fashion.
Certain types of accidents, however, are especially well-known for causing TBIs. Rear-end collisions, for instance, often result in whiplash injuries, which occur when the brain strikes the inside of the skull at a high rate of speed.
Head-on collisions are also responsible for a high number of TBIs, as these collisions often cause occupants to strike the windshield, dashboard, or steering wheel with great force. This too can cause the brain to come into contact with the inside of the skull, causing more serious brain injuries.
Finally, side-impact crashes, where a vehicle’s occupants heads are thrown sideways, forcing the brain to move horizontally, often result in brain injuries.
Generally, being struck directly in the side between the vehicle’s wheels has more destructive consequences, as it increases a person’s chances of colliding with the window. Accident victims who are injured in this way also often sustain lacerations to the scalp and skull fractures from coming into contact with shattered glass.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
The symptoms of a brain injury may vary. However, those who are involved in vehicle crashes are generally encouraged to keep an eye out for certain symptoms, which are good indicators of at least a mild head injury. These symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Bruising or swelling
- Vision impairment
- Memory loss
especially severe cases, an injured party could even suffer from seizures and
drainage from the nose and ears. These symptoms are often indicative of
swelling and bleeding in the brain, which could require surgical intervention
to repair damage, remove blood clots, or reduce swelling.
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