After suffering from a car crash, you will likely also deal with injuries in the aftermath. Brain injuries are particularly common. Drivers and passengers alike can suffer from them. They can occur no matter what speed or angle a driver hits your car at.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are particularly harmful. But what signs point to these injuries?
Physical signs of TBIs
According to Mayo Clinic, the most common signs of a TBI are as follows. First, you will likely notice physical signs in victims. This can include loss of consciousness or even comatose states. The duration of disordered consciousness differs from person to person. If they are awake, you may notice clear fluid draining from their ears or nose. They could also have unevenly dilated pupils.
Victims may complain about nerve pain or tingling in the arms and legs. Numbness in hands and feet may also occur. They may have disordered sensory issues as well, such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or a failure to taste and smell.
Common mental effects
Mentally, victims often exhibit signs of confusion. This may invoke aggressive or defensive behavior in them. It is also why many TBI victims vehemently refuse to seek medical attention while in this confused state, especially if they feel pressed or cornered about it.
Many TBI victims cannot recall the moments before, during or directly after a crash, either. This often contributes to the confusion. Some victims cannot even remember where they are or how they got there. This disorientation further exacerbates any negative emotion and can lead to lashing out or emotional breakdown. Regardless of the intensity of the symptoms, all head injury victims should seek medical help immediately.