With more cars on the road, summer means more crashes

The summer sees more people taking long road trips, which means an increased number of car crashes. This is a major issue, especially considering how car and motorcycle crashes are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries that require hospitalization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arizona residents who have been in a crash will want to see a doctor if they have not already since TBIs are often hard to diagnose.

Doctors have concussion tests where they examine patients' memory, word recall, sense of balance and coordination and ability to count backward. Those who fail in these may have a concussion or something even worse. Symptoms of a concussion include exaggerated mood changes and a loss or change in cognitive function. Bumping into walls and slurring speech are other telltale signs.

Concussion symptoms can appear minutes after a car crash or days after it, leading many to delay their visit to the doctor. Getting to the doctor sooner will reduce the likelihood of a false diagnosis. When patients are diagnosed with a concussion, experts say they should monitor their injuries. If the symptoms persist, it's evidence of a TBI. Since a TBI involves bleeding in the brain, it can cause permanent and irreversible brain damage if the bleeding is not stopped and the pressure is not relieved.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents often require lengthy periods of expensive medical care and treatment, and in many cases they are unable to return to their jobs, further exacerbating their financial condition. In cases where the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, a personal injury attorney can often assist in seeking compensation for these and other losses.

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