Two reasons you may forget a car accident’s details

There are many cases where people who are involved in a serious car accident have little memory of the accident itself. In some instances, they say that they can’t remember what happened at all. One moment they were driving along, listening to music and simply trying to get to work, and the next they were in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Being in a crash like this is probably one of the biggest events in a person’s life. So why is it that they would forget it?

The brain seeks to avoid traumatic experiences

First and forest, it’s been found that the brain will sometimes attempt to deal with traumatic experiences by creating a sort of mental block. If it’s something that’s too difficult emotionally to deal with, people can have these hidden memories. To them, it seems that they don’t remember it at all. But it may come back up in the future, especially if there’s some sort of trigger event that causes them to remember it.

They could have a traumatic brain injury

Another potential reason for this is a traumatic brain injury, or a TBI. If the part of the brain that creates and stores memories is what was damaged, then those memories can be lost. Memory problems are one of the most often cited symptoms after a serious brain injury, whether that means difficulty creating new memories or trouble bringing up things that happened in the past.

Both of these situations show just how difficult a serious accident can be for an individual, and that’s why people who are injured need to know exactly what legal options they have.

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