Car crashes are an everyday occurrence in Kansas, and your chances of suffering a life-altering injury as a result are pretty high. We here at Sullivan Law want to ensure that people have the information they need to determine if the aches and pains they feel may signal a more significant problem.

A headache after any kind of accident may signal something more serious. Your brain may have taken quite a beating during the crash, even if your head never made contact with anything. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some of the ways an accident may affect your brain.

Force of the impact

Regardless of the speed you or the other driver was traveling, when vehicles collide, there is an immediate change in motion. If you were at a stop and got rear-ended, for example, your car was jarred and pushed forward. The change in motion causes an immediate and opposite effect on your body including forcing your neck to snap backward and forward. As a result of this motion, your brain may slide back and forth against the skull, causing bruising, possibly bleeding and damage.

Blunt trauma

The most obvious sign that you have a head injury is that your head made contact with something in the vehicle. Even if the crash was considered low-impact, it may have caused your head to hit the headliner. In more serious incidents, your head may impact the windshield, steering wheel or door. Blunt-force trauma to the head can cause anything from a bruise to a concussion all the way up to brain swelling and permanent injury.

We want you to get the medical help you need following a crash. Recognizing that a lingering headache may signal a more serious injury is critical in making a recovery. To find out more about traumatic brain injuries after an accident, visit the relevant section of our site.