Can a motor vehicle accident cause a concussion?

Can a motor vehicle accident cause a concussion?

In the event of a motor vehicle accident involving two or more vehicles, occupants are often thrown about the cabin. As a result, it is possible for the person’s head to come in contact with everything from the steering wheel to the windshield to the side window.

There is no way of saying what type of injuries a person will suffer in an accident, but concussions are common.

The Brain Injury Association of America shares information on concussions. Here are several points to become familiar with:

— A concussion can be caused by many things, including whiplash, direct blows and violent shaking.

— While there are many types of traumatic brain injury, a concussion is the most common.

— Loss of consciousness is often a symptom of a concussion.

— A concussion does not always appear on a medical imaging test.

— A concussion can take a long time to heal, often up to several years.

These are the types of facts and statistics that prove just how serious a concussion can be. Many people don’t understand that this type of brain injury can cause a variety of serious symptoms and side effects, including those that can last for an extended period of time.

When people are involved in motor vehicle accidents, they should have their head examined even if they don’t feel as if they have been injured. A concussion is nothing to take lightly. If this is left undiagnosed and untreated, it can cause additional and serious health concerns in the future.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, “About Brain Injury,” accessed April. 16, 2015

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