Memory loss can be a difficult and heartbreaking consequence of car accidents. It is remarkable how our minds are designed to protect us by blocking out traumatic events, yet it leaves us unable to recall the exact details of what happened.
While it might not seem important at the time, recording what happened immediately after a crash is essential in order to ensure that important memories aren’t lost forever.
In this blog post, we discuss how memory loss can affect drivers in the wake of a car accident and why documenting the events can be crucial.
The Mind Can Block Out Traumatic Events
When a person experiences a traumatic event, their body can enter into a state of shock, and the memory of the incident might become distorted or blocked. This is known as dissociative amnesia, or psychogenic amnesia, and it is an unconscious defense mechanism designed to protect us from further emotional distress.
As a result, people who have been in car accidents may not remember what happened before, during, or even after the crash until much later. Unfortunately, this can make filing claims and pursuing legal actions difficult when relevant details are missing.
Potential for Cognitive Decline
In addition to forgetting important information about the accident itself, survivors also may experience an overall decline in cognitive function due to head trauma.
This can range from minor memory loss that impairs daily activities to more severe consequences, such as dementia.
In fact, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia increases significantly in individuals who have experienced car accident-related head trauma.
Documentation Is Helpful for Medical and Legal Matters
Documenting what happened can help survivors access medical and legal assistance when needed. It is recommended that survivors seek out medical attention immediately after a crash for a thorough evaluation to determine if there is any potential for long-term memory loss or cognitive decline due to head trauma.
Additionally, recording details about the accident scene and taking pictures of the damage can be very helpful in providing evidence for claims and/or legal proceedings later on.
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