How Car Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

Car accidents can cause a host of injuries to passengers and drivers in either vehicle. Regardless of who’s at fault for the accident, a traumatic brain injury is a possibility due to the force of a collision on the brain and head. Here are some common ways a TBI can happen in a car accident.

Blunt Trauma

This serious head injury happens when the person’s head strikes an object that isn’t moving such as the steering wheel. Often an open wound results where the head struck the nonmoving object. A blunt trauma can also happen when a person is thrown from the vehicle or the roof crushes them during a rollover. The brain pulls away from the skull opposite from the impact site on the head. The separated brain section is thus injured. A personal injury law firm Hillsborough County can help you receive financial compensation as you recover from the injury.

Brain Hemorrhage

The vehicle may have stopped due to the accident. However, the force of the stop may cause the brain within the skull to continue moving. As the brain strikes the nonmoving skull inside, a brain hemorrhage can happen. Bleeding or hemorrhage is often undetectable at the site of the crash due to the interior nature of the wound. However, symptoms such as loss of consciousness, vomiting or blurred vision can indicate a traumatic brain injury that needs immediate medical attention.

Brain Bruising

Also known as a contusion, bruising of the brain happens in the same way a brain hemorrhage does. Most people think of bruises as what happens to the skin and muscles when they strike an object. The skin discolors over time moving from purple to yellows as it heals. However, brain bruising is not as noticeable from the outside. The brain can swell potentially causing more damage. If the contusion is severe enough, the person may end up in a coma and wake tired and disoriented.

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