Millions of Car Accidents occur every year, many of which result in head injuries, such as a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can occur after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
If the concussion is not diagnosed properly, the effects can be devastating.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 14.3 percent of all concussions/TBIs are the result of motor vehicle accidents, making them the third most common cause of these types of injuries.
The symptoms often take hours or even days to fully manifest. Many people are not immediately aware that they have suffered a concussion injury.
What Causes A Concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). It can occur after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth. A concussion results in an altered mental state that may include becoming unconscious.
Signs your car accident caused a concussion
- You Lost Consciousness – Losing consciousness is probably one of the most obvious signs that a concussion was sustained. Many victims will lose consciousness when they hit their head on the windshield, steering wheel, or another object. Even if you are only out for a few seconds, your brain has still suffered from trauma.
- You Feel Nauseous – If you begin to feel nauseous, dizzy, sensitive to light or vomited after the accident, these signs should alert you that you have suffered a concussion injury.
- Headaches-Headaches that won’t go away, worsen, or are accompanied by blurred vision, are signs to see a doctor and find out if you are suffering from a concussion.
- Mood Changes – You may begin to notice a change in your mood, such as becoming angered, listless, irritable, nervous, or anxious for no apparent reason.
- Confusion and disorientation – these are two common symptoms of concussions. It’s normal to feel fairly woozy after experiencing a blow to the head, but in the case of a concussion, this feeling may not disappear.
- Memory loss – Another serious symptom that people who have concussions might experience is amnesia or memory loss. This can be temporary or permanent.
- Disruption in Sleeping Patterns – A disruption in sleeping patterns could mean you are having trouble falling asleep, you are sleeping a lot more than usual, or you are sleeping less than normal.
Diagnosing And Treatment Of A Concussion
Your doctor will evaluate your signs and symptoms, review your medical history, and conduct a neurological examination.
Tests that may be recommended
- Neurological examination – this may include checking vision, hearing, strength, balance, coordination, and reflexes.
- Brain imaging – may be recommended for some people with symptoms such as severe headaches, seizures, repeated vomiting or symptoms that are becoming worse. Brain imaging may determine whether the injury is severe and has caused bleeding or swelling in your skull.
- Observation – You may need to be hospitalized overnight for observation after a concussion.
- Cognitive testing – your doctor may conduct several tests to evaluate your thinking (cognitive) skills during a neurological examination. Testing may evaluate several factors, including your memory, recall, and concentration.
The Car Accident And Concussion Takeaway
Motor vehicle accidents lead to more personal injury cases nationwide than any other type of incident, with many car accidents causing serious, life-altering injuries. The fallout may not only affect the victim but also the victim’s family whose lives must change to care for and accommodate an injured loved one
If you’re also feeling under the weather, you may be wondering if you sustained a more serious injury. It’s always best to seek medical attention and have them rule out any possible injuries.
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