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What are behavioral changes due to motor vehicle accidents?

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2022 | Vehicle Accidents

After getting into a car crash, it is possible to suffer from damage to the brain due to a head injury. Some of these head injuries can result in changes to a victim’s behavior.

How can you potentially identify these changes? Are there any that have a particularly high rate of occurrence for victims? If so, what?

Impulse control

CDC Injury Center discusses the potential effects of traumatic brain injury. These injuries – also called TBIs – manifest in different ways depending on several factors. This can include the type of injury, its location, the severity of it and the health of the victim.

Behavioral changes tend to stay similar across the board, however. Many victims, for instance, will experience trouble with impulse control especially if they suffer from a blow that affects the frontal lobe. This is due to the frontal lobe’s role in managing impulses.

Worsening tempers

Many will also experience a change in temperament. Increased aggression is common, along with a worse temper and greater tendency to lash out at others. This goes hand in hand with the aforementioned issue of self-control.

Victims also often suffer from an inability to handle stress. This includes the small daily stressors that most people experience in their normal lives, which most people also have the built-up ability to handle. Lacking this coping means that victims often succumb to emotional outbursts, tantrums and fits of tears even in public situations.

Some of these behavioral changes will change back over time during the healing process. Others may stay for months, years or even a lifetime. It is important for everyone involved in the victim’s life to understand this possibility.