Brain injuries are often one of the most devastating types of injuries that people sustain in a motor vehicle accident. They can lead to long-term physical and cognitive difficulties, and in some cases, they may even be fatal. If you or someone you love suffers a brain injury as a result of a truck accident, it is important to understand the next steps to take
How do truck accidents cause brain injuries?
The impact of a truck accident can cause the head to jerk violently backward and forwards, or from side to side. This can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is a type of injury that affects the brain’s function. TBIs can occur even if there is no direct blow to the head, as the force of the impact can cause the brain to strike against the skull, leading to bruising or bleeding on the brain.
Sudden pressure changes within the head, such as those caused in motor vehicle accidents in which the head is struck against another object, can also cause brain injuries. The pressure changes of an impact can lead to a sudden shift in the fluid within the skull and potentially even damage to blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
Is it easy to detect a brain injury?
Many times, it is difficult to detect a brain injury right away. This is because the symptoms of a TBI can be very subtle and may not appear until days or even weeks after the accident. Some common symptoms of a TBI include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, difficulty concentrating, changes in mood, and problems with sleeping.
If you or someone you know gets involved in a truck accident, seek medical attention right away. Even if the person does not appear to be injured, it is important to have them evaluated by a doctor. Once you or the person becomes stable, you may want to file a claim for damages. Ideally, you should gather evidence to support your claim, including medical records and eyewitness testimony and then contact your insurance company.