Exploring Common Head Injuries from Car Accidents

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When you are involved in a car accident, head injuries are a common occurrence. While head injuries can come in a variety of forms, here is a look at the types of head injuries that are most commonly associated with car accidents.


A form of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, a concussion occurs when your brain strikes the inside of your skull. This may happen if your car comes to a sudden stop as a part of the accident, with the momentum causing your brain to continue to move forward inside of your skull. Concussions are typically characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Amnesia about the accident
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling of “pressure” inside of the head
  • Headache
  • Light-headedness or feeling “dazed”
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Personality changes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech


A contusion, or a bruise on the brain, may occur when you experience direct impact on your head. You may experience a contusion if you hit your head on your steering wheel or against a window during your car accident. Typical symptoms associated with contusions include:

  • Balancing issues
  • Cognitive changes
  • Concentration issues
  • Coordination issues
  • Difficulty with forming new memories 
  • Difficulty with forming sentences
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • Slurred speech

Penetrating Wound

It is also possible to experience a penetrating head wound if an external object penetrates your skull. Symptoms of a penetrating head wound may include:

  • Bleeding from the ear
  • Coma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heavy loss of blood
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of movement or sensation in the limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Seizure

If you have experienced these or any other type of head injury from a car accident, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab to learn more about how we can help you with your treatment and recovery. 

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