Most of us are inured to the statistical probability that we’ll get into a serious car accident at some point in our lives, and because of this fail to see the likely consequences of many actions we take while driving every day. We should acknowledge the mistakes we make, whether they might be caused by distracted driving due to mobile phones or noisy kids, or simply driving too fast in order to get to work on time. Of the 1.4 million Americans that endure a brain-related trauma injury every year, 280,000 of them occur in car accidents. These are some of the most common brain-related car accident injuries that might make you think twice about the way you drive.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Most traumatic brain-related injury occurs on impact. Your brain is a delicate organ nestled inside a very tough outer shell, but once that shell is cracked the game is up. Serious bruising and bleeding can occur when a vehicle impacts an object at high speeds, and your brain bounces around inside that shell. If your cranium hits another object during the collision–like a steering wheel–the stress of the hit can lead to more serious life-threatening injuries.
One of the most common injuries sustained in any car accident is loss of consciousness. The force of impact can leave victims out of the loop for a period spanning from moments to days. The longer one is unconscious or even comatose, the more damage the victim is likely to have sustained.
Another common injury is the concussion, which occurs when your head slams against an object and moves rapidly back and forth. This is the whiplash effect and can have serious consequences. Symptoms include memory loss or alteration, confusion, dizziness or drowsiness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, vomiting, balance reduction, and slowed reaction.
Secondary Brain Injuries
Traumatic injuries can sometimes lead to amnesia, a terrifying condition for both the victim and friends and family of the victim. This amnesia can have both physical and legal consequences. The victim might fail to remember events directly before and during the accident, which means he or she won’t be any help to law enforcement or insurance adjusters who will need to investigate whether or not a crime has taken place. When someone is suffering from amnesia, it’s important for friends and family to help keep an eye on progress throughout recovery.
Other secondary injuries that may result from the accident can include hematoma and edema. A hematoma is when injuries blood vessels fail to recycle properly, leading to a buildup of blood inside the skull. Edema is swelling inside the brain as a result of pressure. This leads to a change in circulation that can be treated with medication.
If you think you’ve suffered from any of these injuries, seek medical treatment immediately. Afterward, be sure to consult with an attorney from Memphis Law Firm. Our attorneys specialize in car accidents and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.