Your brain is arguably the most important part of you. After all, it controls virtually everything you do. It also defines your personality. If you sustain a serious brain injury in an automobile collision, you may never be the same again. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injuries range from minor to severe. If you sustain a TBI, you may experience confusion, dizziness, sleeplessness, nausea, loss of vision or other life-altering symptoms. Unfortunately, though, TBIs are not exactly rare in car crashes. Here are three ways that you may sustain one in an automobile accident: 

1. Bumping your head

Even though your car, truck or SUV likely has a variety of modern safety features, it is still a confined space. During a collision, you may bump your head on the glass, the steering wheel or side panels. Doing so may cause you to develop a TBI. Even hitting your head on the airbag may increase your chances of injuring your brain. 

2. Hitting a sharp object

You may not realize how many sharp objects are inside your vehicle. If you have a collision, one of them may cut through your skull and pierce your brain. This, of course, may cause a serious injury. As such, before you drive, you should always secure sharp objects in a safe place. 

3. Experience rapid movement

You do not have to hit your head or fracture your skull to develop a TBI. On the contrary, simply moving your head rapidly may result in a serious injury. Therefore, because TBI symptoms may not be visible, you should always seek medical treatment after a collision. 

Taking TBIs lightly is usually a mistake. If you want to boost your odds of recovering completely, you must understand how TBIs tend to happen in car crashes. Then, you must focus on your recovery, following your doctor’s orders to the letter.