Concussions from Wrecks Ending Earnhardt’s Career

Concussions from Wrecks Ending Earnhardt’s Career

We have covered in our blog before about how concussions are likely to happen when someone is involved in a car wreck. The symptoms of these concussions often linger and cause problems down the road such as memory loss and impaired driving ability. The recent announcement of future NASCAR hall of famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. that he would retire following the 2017 season is a product of suffering from too many concussions.

Many people immediately think of the sport of football when thinking about concussions because that is what has grabbed all of the headlines. But, car crashes account for almost 15% of all traumatic brain injuries suffered in the United States. That number only accounts for regular car crashes on public streets. When you think about that, it makes sense that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have problems with concussions since he competes in racing where the cars routinely reach speeds of 200 MPH.

How to Know if You Have a Concussion

If you have been in a car wreck there is a chance that you are suffering from a concussion. There are numerous symptoms for a concussion such as:

  • Memory loss. If you are having trouble remembering things after your accident, you need to see a doctor.
  • Confusion. If you are confused with normal, everyday tasks, there is a good chance you are suffering from a concussion.
  • Dizziness. Feeling dizzy when you should not be is common for people with concussions.
  • Nausea or vomiting. If you are suffering from a severe concussion you will feel nauseous or even vomit.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise. If you notice that you are extra sensitive to light or sound action should be taken.
  • Balance problems. If you have trouble keeping your balance when you would normally have no trouble, a concussion is probable.
  • Other problems that include drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, and slowed reactions.

The Schafer Law Office’s Take

Recent studies have revealed that concussions are not something to be taken lightly. In my opinion, I think Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the right decision because his injuries suffered on the track were starting to affect his future health. He literally watched in his rear view mirror as his dad passed away in a wreck during the Daytona 500. He has had a prolific career and there is no use in harming his body for further glory. Also, if you have been in a recent accident and you are suffering from any of the concussion symptoms above, see a doctor. Ignoring these symptoms can have long lasting effects on your health.  

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
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