Car Accidents & Frontal Lobe Injuries: What Every Driver in South Carolina Should Know

Auto accidents can result in frontal lobe injuries. Whether your head strikes the steering wheel, windshield, door, or even the headrest, closed head injuries are a real possibility for those traveling the roadways in and around Columbia, SC. Likewise, the “front” of the brain can be damaged due to the whiplash motion the head and neck often undergo in crashes. When the brain is thrown forward, and then backwards, there may be bruising (i.e. bleeding) from where contact is made with the rough underside of the skull. These are known as “coup, contrecoup” injuries. While the harm caused by an impact between the brain and the skull might not show up on a CT scan, or even an MRI, any contusion to the frontal lobe should be taken seriously.

The frontal lobe is the largest, and in many ways, the most important part of the brain. It is therefore important to understand its functions, as well as the effects an injury to this lobe may have. The frontal lobe is responsible for multiple functions, including:

  • Judgment;
  • Memory;
  • Ability to problem solve;
  • Ability to make decisions;
  • Organization;
  • Emotions; and
  • Personality;

If the frontal lobe is damaged in a car accident or by some other means, a person may experience a wide range of problems, including:

  • Difficulty making decisions;
  • Decreased attention/concentration;
  • Personality changes;
  • Decreased ability to verbally express oneself; and
  • Uncontrolled emotions, including fits of anger.

Closed head trauma does not always show up on scans, but that does not mean the effects and their causes are not real. If you have experienced a frontal lobe injury due to a car crash, or if you have any questions about brain injuries, I am here to help. Though my office is in Columbia, SC, I handle cases across the state. Call me today at (803) 790-2800.

Kenneth Berger
Columbia South Carolina attorney dedicated to securing justice by helping the truly injured