You get involved in a serious truck accident. Maybe the truck tries to make a left turn in front of you when there’s not enough room, and you slam into the trailer. Maybe the truck merges into your lane on the interstate, sideswipes your car, and sends it careening into a tree.
No matter how it happens, you suffer serious head and brain injuries. You do survive, but the road to recovery appears very long. How is this going to impact your life moving forward?
Every case is different, so it’s impossible to say for sure. Some people have physical ailments. Others have cognitive issues. Some heal almost completely. Others do not. But, to get started, let’s take a look at the potential impact on your personality.
A new person
Family members may find it hard to handle if your personality changes significantly after the incident. They may feel like they now live with a completely different person.
Often, living with a brain injury is challenging. You never wanted this. You didn’t ask for it. This can lead to:
You may have generally felt relaxed and laid-back prior to the truck accident. After it, as you struggle to put the pieces back together, you may feel irritable and angry. Little things may set you off. You may find yourself quick to snap at people. Your family can feel like they’re walking on eggshells.
Another potential issue is the onset of PTSD. No doubt, your ordeal was and is traumatic. You may have nightmares about the crash or suffer from flashbacks. You may find it impossible to ride in the car anymore, worrying about another crash. PTSD is different for everyone, but it can change your life in a hurry.
In some cases, you could face very real cognitive issues that you have no way around. They may not heal on their own or at all.
For example, maybe you were always very smart and quick-witted, but now you do not have strong problem-solving skills at all. Maybe you used to have a terrific memory that you took for granted; now you struggle to remember what you did yesterday.
Brain damage and brain injuries can have this effect on your life, and you may never go back to the way you were. This, in turn, can lead to the frustration and anger noted above.
It’s clear that life is not the same after a serious brain injury. If you suffered that injury because of a truck accident caused by a reckless or inattentive driver, make sure you know about all of the rights you have to seek financial compensation.