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Common head injuries that can occur in a car accident

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | Car Accident

Car accidents can lead to various types of injuries, with head injuries being among the most common. Even seemingly minor collisions can result in head trauma due to the force of the impact.

For those involved in a car accident, it is important to know the different types of head injuries that can occur.


A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, confusion and nausea. While most concussions resolve on their own with rest, some can lead to long-term complications if not properly treated.

Skull fracture

A skull fracture occurs when a bone in the skull breaks. This type of injury can vary in severity, from a small crack to a more serious break that penetrates the skull. Symptoms may include swelling, bruising and tenderness at the site of the fracture. In severe cases, a skull fracture can cause brain damage or bleeding inside the skull.

Traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force causes damage to the brain. TBIs can range from mild (concussion) to severe, and symptoms may include loss of consciousness, confusion, memory loss and changes in behavior. Severe TBIs can have long-term effects on cognitive function and may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Intracranial hemorrhage

Intracranial hemorrhage refers to bleeding inside the skull, which can occur as a result of a head injury. This can lead to increased pressure on the brain and potentially life-threatening complications. Symptoms may include a severe headache, vomiting and changes in vision or consciousness. Prompt medical attention is necessary to prevent further damage.

Knowing about the potential head injuries that can occur in a car accident is helpful for seeking the appropriate medical care and legal recourse if necessary.