Car accidents are a major source of injury in the Redwood City area and across the country. The sudden and forceful impact often causes trauma to the head. It is not uncommon for people in car accidents to end up with concussions and traumatic brain injuries. According to Brainline.org, in 2013, the leading cause of hospitalization for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 years old who ended up with concussions and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries was car accidents.
Because head injuries are common in motor vehicle collisions, many people do not realize they have concussions. Concussions are given grades to indicate their severity, with grade three being the worse and grade one being the mildest. To avoid further injury and death, motorists should review the following signs of potential concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
- Blacking out, even for a few seconds
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea and dizziness
- Memory loss
- Headaches and seizures
- Changes in mood and sleep habits
Medical attention is necessary to ensure that all injuries are diagnosed and treated. Because some car accident victims feel fine after collisions, they might not realize they have concussions. Most concussions that occur in motor vehicle accidents heal within a few weeks. However, some concussions and brain injuries can cause health serious complications and death.
Motor vehicle collisions can cause multiple and different types of injuries to the head, face and upper and lower body. Because trauma is not always apparent and might be internal, immediate and proper medical care is crucial to facilitate optimal recovery.