Head injuries are unfortunately common after car accidents. One of the most severe types is a traumatic brain injury, which is often caused by a violent blow to your head.

There are over 1.5 million cases of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the U.S. each year. A TBI can result in injuries from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage. Each case is typically accompanied by a mixture of physical and mental symptoms.

These symptoms can present themselves immediately or in the days or weeks following the crash. Symptoms can also change depending on whether you have a mild, moderate or severe TBI. It’s important to monitor yourself closely and identify any possible indicators of a TBI.

Signs of a mild TBI

Certain symptoms of a mild TBI may seem like typical injuries following a car crash. It’s crucial you take note of them and realize they could indicate something more severe. They may include the following:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bitter taste, blurred vision or ringing in ears
  • Problems concentrating
  • Mood swings, anxiety or depression

Signs of a moderate or severe TBI

The symptoms of a moderate or severe TBI may accompany the signs of a mild TBI. They may be easier to notice due to their severity. These symptoms could include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Pupil dilation
  • Finger and toe numbness
  • Extreme confusion
  • Slurring words

If you suspect a TBI, it’s critical that you seek medical attention right away. A doctor can provide a proper diagnosis and guide you through your next steps.