Not all injuries are immediately apparent after a serious car accident. And, unfortunately, these injuries often end up being some of the most life-changing – or life-threatening.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that car accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These dangerous injuries might not show symptoms right away after the accident, so individuals must be careful to watch for signs of a TBI after a crash.

What symptoms should individuals look for?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms of a TBI include, but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Nausea and headaches
  • Loss of balance
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory lapses
  • Severe mood swings
  • Loss of consciousness

However, the symptoms an individual exhibits depend heavily on how severe the accident and injury are. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms, which can make TBIs even more dangerous than they already are.

If individuals notice any of these signs in themselves or a loved one, they should seek medical treatment immediately to get the care they need.

TBIs often have long-term effects

Recovering after a serious car crash is never easy, no matter the type of injury. TBIs are particularly difficult since the brain controls:

  • Mental capacity
  • Emotions
  • Physical movement

Therefore, a TBI could impact one’s whole body – and their whole life. In some cases, a severe TBI could be life-altering, making it difficult to move or speak. In other cases, individuals might need to attend physical and occupational therapy to relearn motor skills.

No matter the situation, a TBI is a very serious injury. That is why individuals must be aware of the risks and watch carefully for these symptoms after an accident.