Concussion after Car Accident: Signs and Symptoms

The concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that is usually caused by a blow to the head.  Concussions are often the result of a sports injury or motor vehicle accidents.

Although in the past, concussions were mostly ignored, keep in mind that even a minor concussion can temporarily damage certain brain functions connected with memory, reflex control, speech, balance, and coordination.

Fortunately, most concussions tend to be mild and end with a full recovery.


Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

Concussion symptoms either appear right after the accident or later on, sometimes lasting days, weeks, or years.

If you have been in a car accident, it is very important to get immediate medical attention, especially in the case of a head injury, however small.


The most common symptoms of concussion are:

  • Confusion
  • Loss of memory
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the years
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of consciousness

After the initial set of symptoms, there are also symptoms that appear days or weeks after the accident, such as:

  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Depression



Most concussions will heal on their own.  However, some serious concussions can lead to more severe brain injuries that they are left untreated, are not treated promptly and correctly.


If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should immediately see your doctor:

  • Prolonged headache or dizziness
  • Dilated pupils, pupils of unequal cyanosis, or eye disturbances
  • Extended memory loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Loss of senses such as taste or smell