Most people know that it’s possible to suffer brain injuries in a car crash, but did you know that a stroke is also a possibility? There are a few different kinds of strokes, but a stroke caused by a blood clot, or ischemic stroke, is possible. An ischemic stroke can happen if you develop a blood clot on the brain after hitting your head. Other injuries could also “throw” a blood clot, which could travel to the brain.

As a victim of a car crash, you need to be cautious and take time to recognize your symptoms. If you develop the signs of a stroke or brain injury, then you do need to seek medical attention right away.

What are some signs of a stroke follow a car crash?

There are a few signs of a stroke that may present for you. These may include:

  • Sudden weakness in the arm, leg or one side of the face
  • Loss of vision
  • Numbness on half of the face, in one arm or down the leg
  • Trouble with speaking or understanding speech
  • Difficulty with sensation or coordination
  • A sudden, severe headache
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness or falls
  • Nausea
  • Sudden dim vision in one or both eyes

Others may recognize a stroke using the FAST acronym. FAST stands for:

  • Face: Look for drooping on one side of the face.
  • Arms: See if either arm is weak or sags.
  • Speech: Ask the person to speak. Listen for slurring.
  • Time: Call 911 if any symptoms are present.

Bleeding on the brain caused by a tear, impact injury or other wound can result in a blood clot or bleeding that limits the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. Getting quick treatment is essential to help you get through this injury and to prevent serious injuries and disabilities.

In worst-case scenarios, strokes are deadly, so it’s essential that you do go to the hospital after a collision. Do so especially if you have the symptoms of a stroke or brain injury after hitting your head or suffering trauma elsewhere on your body. Early treatment may help prevent complications that could leave you with disabilities and a longer recovery.