Motor vehicle accidents, no matter how minor, may cause devastating consequences. Even if the event was a fender bender, damage to your vehicle and yourself may wind up costing you.

When you get in an accident, your body sustains serious pressure. The force of a minor collision can cause your head to jerk forward and back. There is a chance you hit your head and do not even realize it until hours or even days later. It is important that you recognize the signs of a brain injury, especially after sustaining an accident. Read about three of the telltale clues your body is giving you.

  1. Recurring headaches

One of the most subtle yet significant signs that your brain may have sustained injury is a headache that does not go away. You may believe it is just stress related to the accident, but in reality, it may signal something far worse. If you have a headache that gets worse over time and over-the-counter medicine does not help, you should see a doctor immediately.

  1. Unexplained nausea or vomiting

Another sign that something may have occurred is nausea. Feeling sick is not always linked with a head injury, but after an accident, feeling nauseated or vomiting with no real cause may point to head trauma. You may have suffered a mild to moderate concussion.

  1. Problems with memory

If you find yourself unable to recall the events of the last few days accurately, or when you finally do, things seem off, get your head checked out. Cognitive issues, such as sudden onset of memory loss, speech problems (slurring words, inability to recall words) and hearing issues may all signal that your brain is not functioning correctly.

A car accident is nothing to smile about, especially if you start having symptoms that indicate you may have hit your head. Your brain is the hub for your entire body. If something feels wrong, get it checked sooner rather than later.