3 ways your car accident can cause a concussion

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Car Accidents |

One injury that often goes unnoticed after a car accident is a concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head, and it can have serious, long-lasting effects on your health.

There are a few common ways that your car accident can cause a concussion.

1. Direct impact to the head

During a car accident, your head may come into direct contact with various parts of the vehicle, such as the steering wheel, dashboard or window. This sudden impact can cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull, resulting in a concussion. Even if you do not lose consciousness, the force of the impact can still cause damage to your brain tissue.

2. Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury in car accidents, particularly in rear-end collisions. When your vehicle gets hit from behind, your head and neck can be violently thrown forward and then snap back, causing your brain to move around inside your skull. This sudden movement can lead to a concussion, even if your head does not come into direct contact with any part of the vehicle.

3. Indirect force

In some cases, a concussion can occur without your head making direct contact with anything. The sheer force of the accident can cause your brain to move within your skull, leading to a concussion. This is particularly true in high-speed collisions or accidents involving a significant change in velocity.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a concussion after a car accident, seek medical attention immediately. Early diagnosis and proper treatment can help prevent long-term complications and ensure a full recovery.


attorneys Brad Culpepper and Brett J. Kurland