How Does a Car Crash Affect the Human Brain?

How Does a Car Crash Affect the Human Brain?

Car accidents are known to result in critical injuries; often, these are to the head and cause the victim to experience a traumatic brain injury or TBI. A TBI can impact a person’s ability to work, their personality, behavior, and their quality of life. Here’s how a person’s brain can be affected by a car crash and how to get help. 

Consciousness May Be Lost 

If your brain is injured in a motor vehicle crash, you’re likely to lose consciousness. This could be a mild concussion or something much more serious and can range from just a few minutes in duration to hours, several days, or even sometimes months on end depending on the severity of the injury and its location in the brain. 

The Brain Can Begin to Swell

Swelling is par for the course after an injury, but it’s particularly concerning when it occurs inside the skull simply for the fact that there’s just not enough room. Once the brain starts to push against the hard bone inside, brain damage begins to happen as vessels that transport oxygenated and nutrient-filled blood are compressed or pused closed. 

Often, this is irreversible even after the swelling stops and results in the death of one or more parts of the brain. This affects a victim’s function, often drastically. They may have a poor short term memory if the prefrontal cortex is affected, or poor long term memory if the hippocampus was injured. 

Cerebrospinal Fluid Cannot Drain  

Swelling can also result in the reduction of adequate cerebrospinal fluid drainage, which puts more pressure on the brain tissue, in addition to the pressure caused by the brain pushing up against the skull. This condition is known as hydrocephalus and in many cases, fluid will need to be physically removed during healing. 

Seizures May Occur 

Mild, moderate, and severe seizures are relatively common after a traumatic brain injury. While seizures resulting from a TBI are usually treatable with traditional seizure medications, some car accident victims may find that their seizures are chronic or difficult to control, even with prescription drugs. 

What a Fresno Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Do to Help

Were you or a loved one involved in a serious car crash? Don’t delay in getting medical and legal help. Call experienced Fresno car accident lawyer Carl Brown today to get more information on how you can recoup the damages you’ve incurred at (559) 431-4400.