During a car accident, your head can collide with the steering wheel, the seat, window or dash. The speed of the impact often leads to a traumatic brain injury. You may have a TBI without recognizing the symptoms directly following your accident.
According to the CDC, symptoms of a TBI may not manifest for days or weeks. The symptoms vary from person to person.
Common symptoms of a TBI
In some instances, you may not connect your symptoms to a TBI. The symptoms may interfere with your daily activities but seem associated with something else. Some of the common physical symptoms include dizziness, fatigue and vision problems. You may have the most difficulty in brightly lit rooms.
Following an accident, many people suffer from anxiety, irritability and sadness. However, if the symptoms persist, it may be associated with your head injury. Many patients notice they sleep less than usual or sleep more than expected in the days and weeks following the accident.
Severe symptoms of a TBI
One of the most challenging symptoms to miss is the severe headache that only worsens and never goes away. You may have difficulty remaining conscious or feel exhausted following the accident. Any decreased coordination and weakness may indicate you have a severe concussion or brain injury. While nausea is common in TBIs, you may repeatedly vomit when in grave danger. If you find yourself easily frustrated, confused and restless, it may indicate a TBI.
Following a motor vehicle accident, having a doctor examine for a TBI may benefit you with or without symptoms.