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Types of brain injuries that can occur in car crashes

The impact of a car accident can cause serious damage to your vehicle, but it can also lead to devastating injuries. You might not even realize that you suffered an injury when you are still at the scene of the accident because of the shock of the crash and the adrenaline that you are likely dealing with.

One of the injuries that you may not think about is a brain injury. There are a few different brain injuries that could happen during a car crash. Here are a few you should know about:

Penetration injuries

It will be pretty obvious if you suffer a penetrating injury because these involve an object going through the skull and into the brain. Sharp metal objects in the vehicle could be the culprit. In some cases, poles and other large objects impale a person who is in a crash.

Bleeding in the brain

Bleeding in the brain, which is known as a contusion, needs medical care. In some cases, the bleeding is so slow that you might not know anything is amiss. Over time, you might start to experience symptoms of a contusion, such as attention difficulties or sleep changes. This injury could require surgical interventions, depending on the circumstances.


A concussion is sometimes thought of as a minor injury. However, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury. You might lose consciousness, but that isn't always the case. Having a headache that won't go away or feeling dizzy are signs of concussions. This injury is sometimes caused by a direct hit to the head, such as hitting your head on the steering wheel. It can also be caused by indirect damage, such as the back-and-forth motion that occurs at impact.

Violent injuries

A diffuse axonal injury happens when the structures of the brain shear the skull. This can lead to tears that cause neuro-chemical problems in the brain. People who have this type of brain injury might fall into a coma and have permanent brain damage. Several problems, including difficulties with smell or memory, can occur with this type of injury.

Anyone who is in a car accident should likely go to see a doctor. This is especially true if you suffered a hit to the head or if the accident was particularly bad. You should also be vigilant about watching for signs of a brain injury. In some cases, seeking compensation will certainly help financially if the crash was another driver's fault.

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