Brain Injury Resulting from a Car Accident

Car accidents are one of the main causes of brain injuries. The brain can get injured by both hitting an object, such as a steering wheel or windshield, or by being injured through whiplash, where the head gets whipped back and forth, causing the brain to get shaken inside the skull.

The brain is soft and vulnerable, which is why it is housed securely inside the skull. However, in a car accident the impact may be so great that the brain can tear, bruise and bleed, as a result of getting slammed against a hard object such as the skull. A brain injury may pose a serious risk to the victim. Here are the signs of a brain injury to look for after a car accident:

  • Loss of capacities in senses, especially blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in pupil size, sometimes unequal sizes from eye to eye
  • Swelling or bruising of the face at the sight of injury
  • Changes in behavior such as irritability
  • Seizures and paralysis
  • Fluid draining from nose, mouth and ears


Symptoms may not occur immediately, but may arise after a few hours or even a few days following a car accident. It is always important to seek medical attention after an auto wreck to ensure that any medical concerns are immediately and fully addressed.

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