According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, 288,000 people had a hospital stay for a traumatic brain injury or TBI. Of those people, 20.4% suffered a TBI from a car wreck.

TBIs are a serious concern when you get in a wreck.  Your head can slam onto many different surfaces when another car hits yours. And a TBI can lead to brain damage or even death. However, the symptoms of a TBI do not always show up right away. Here are a few symptoms of a TBI to look out for:

  • More frequent headaches or headaches that don’t go away
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Problems with thinking or remembering
  • Increased emotional state, especially being sad or irritable
  • Problems with sleeping
  • One pupil dilated
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

If you experience any of these symptoms, your loved ones should get you to a hospital right away. Without proper treatment, a TBI can lead to permanent brain damage.

Effects of a TBI

Depending on the severity of a TBI, you can have many different consequences. You can have changes in your ability to think, reason and communicate. You might lose one or more of your senses. A TBI can also lead to personality changes. You can become a more irritable or depressed person after a brain injury. You can also be more at risk for diseases of the brain like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

When someone crashes into your car, you may not have any visible injuries. But symptoms of a TBI can show up days or weeks after your wreck. Even if you receive medical treatment after the accident, make sure to keep an eye out for any delayed symptoms.