Imagine driving home from work one day when you are t-boned by another vehicle. Though the accident is serious in nature, you actually manage to escape serious injury. Or, at least, that’s the way it seems at first. A few scratches and bruises here and there, but no broken bones. You think it’s a miracle and after receiving some light medical treatment at the scene, you are on your way to recovery.

However, as the hours go by after you return home, you notice that your vision is blurry and you are forgetting things quite easily. In fact, you have had a pounding headache since the accident and you generally just don’t feel like yourself.

These are telltale signs that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and that you should seek more medical care right away. Many people don’t realize this, but every year 1.7 million people either suffer or die from a traumatic brain injury. These injuries can occur due to car accidents, yes — but they can also occur performing mundane activities, such as moving things around in your house or even doing your job at work.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may suffer from very serious side effects for a long time if you don’t get treated quickly and effectively. Don’t let a traumatic brain injury dramatically alter the course of your life — especially if it was caused in a car accident by a reckless, negligent or otherwise irresponsible and dangerous driver.

Source: FindLaw, “Brain Injury Overview,” Accessed Aug. 10, 2016