No one need tell you that far too many Illinois people drive while distracted, usually by their cellphones. This puts you at risk for sustaining serious injuries if one of these distracted drivers crashes his or her car into you.

What you may not realize, however, is that you have a high chance of receiving a traumatic brain injury in such a crash. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 286,000 people suffer such an injury each year.

TBI hallmarks

A TBI represents a traumatic injury to your brain. As your head and your neck jerk back and forth during a car crash, your brain jerks back and forth inside your skull. This motion injures your brain’s delicate nerves and tissues, causing it to begin malfunctioning in some way.

TBI symptoms

The main problem with TBIs is twofold. First, no two TBIs are alike. Second, no two TBI victims exhibit the same symptoms at the same time. While you could exhibit symptoms immediately after your accident, you could just as easily not exhibit any symptoms for days or even weeks after it.

Consequently, you should be on the lookout for any of the following TBI symptoms, particularly during the first month after your accident:

  • Decrease in your ability to see
  • Decrease in your ability to hear
  • Decrease in your ability to speak
  • Decrease in your ability to walk
  • Decrease in your ability to remember
  • Decrease in your ability to control your emotions

You should seek immediate medical assistance if you hurt your head, no matter how slightly, in your car crash. In addition, you should immediately schedule a follow-up appointment with your health care provider if and when any of the above symptoms or any other unusual symptoms occur.