Should I Be Concerned if I Feel Dizzy After a New Jersey Car Crash?

Posted on behalf of James Lynch on April 17, 2024  in Car Accident News

Women holding her head due to pain or dizziness. Car crashes are stressful, anxiety-inducing events, so you may not be surprised to feel tired or even dizzy. However, dizziness is not a symptom you should ignore, it may indicate a traumatic brain injury or other serious medical issue.

In this article, Lynch Law Firm, PC discusses why some victims may feel dizzy after a car crash and how to link dizziness and other symptoms to a collision.

If you need legal help after being injured in a car crash, contact our experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys. Our firm has been advocating for crash victims for decades, helping them recover millions in compensation. Call our office today to discuss your legal options and get answers to your questions.

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Why Do I Feel Dizzy After a Car Crash?

Dizziness after a crash could happen for several reasons such as:


When your head and neck are suddenly thrown forward and backward at high speed, you could suffer whiplash. While this is often thought of as a neck or upper back injury, it could result in a head injury that makes you feel dizzy. Even damage to the muscles and nerves in your neck could make you feel dizzy.


Another injury that could be caused by the force of impact of a collision is a concussion. The abrupt stop could cause your brain to shift inside your skull, leading to a concussion. This injury could occur even if you do not hit your head. Dizziness is just one of many symptoms of a concussion or other head injury.

Inner Ear Injury

A blow to the side of your head could cause an inner ear injury, which could affect your hearing and balance. For instance, if the trauma of the collision ruptures your eardrum, fluid could leak out and you may feel dizzy.

Stress and Anxiety

Sometimes the stress and anxiety you feel after a collision can cause dizziness. However, you should never assume dizziness is just from stress. You could have stress and a brain injury that should be treated immediately.

Medication Side Effects

If you have already sought medical attention for your car crash injuries, you may have already been prescribed medication. Some prescription medications cause dizziness, among other potential side effects.

Vision Impairment

Brain injuries or a blow to the head could affect your vision, causing blurriness that may lead to dizziness. Visual input helps people maintain balance, so if visual input is impaired, you may be more likely to feel off balance.


After a car crash, your body can go into shock. This can use up your electrolytes, leading to dehydration. A common side effect of dehydration is dizziness, which may accompany exhaustion.

Should I Be Worried if I Feel Dizzy a Few Weeks After the Crash?

If you have been feeling dizzy for a few weeks after a crash, you need to see a doctor immediately. You likely have a serious underlying injury.

When you meet with the doctor make sure to explain all of your symptoms in detail. How long have you been feeling dizzy? Does it only happen in certain situations? Do you have any medical conditions that predate the crash that may have been aggravated by the trauma of the collision?

A doctor can evaluate your symptoms and determine if they may be a sign of more serious injuries, like:

Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms (PPCS)

If you suffered a concussion in the crash, you could experience symptoms of PPCS for weeks or months afterward.


Dizziness could mean you suffered damage to your vestibular system, which is responsible for balance. Other signs of vertigo might include nausea and headaches.

How Can I Prove a Crash Caused Dizziness?

Your lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to link dizziness and your underlying injuries to the collision. Some of this evidence may include:

  • Medical records, including pre-accident medical records if you have preexisting injuries
  • Police report, especially if the report lists injuries or symptoms you experienced right after the collision
  • Testimony from a medical expert, such as a neurologist to explain how you suffered a brain injury in the collision
  • Statements from eyewitnesses who saw the crash and observed the victim looking disoriented after the collision

The experienced attorneys at Lynch Law Firm, PC have the legal knowledge and resources to gather the detailed evidence needed to prove your case.

Compensation For the Injury That Caused Dizziness

New Jersey is a no-fault state. This means that regardless of who caused the crash your own car insurance will cover medical expenses and other costs related to the crash.

Your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance should cover the cost of your initial and ongoing treatment, such as visits with specialists like neurologists. PIP may also provide compensation for lost wages if your dizziness and other symptoms prevent you from working.

Your insurance policy may allow you to file a claim against the other driver’s insurance to obtain compensation for damages like pain and suffering or permanent injury.

Injured Due to Driver Negligence? Call Our Law Firm Today

At Lynch Law Firm, PC we have been helping injured victims recover compensation after car crashes for decades. Our knowledgeable attorneys have a history of success, obtaining millions in compensation.

We know you may have many questions about whether you can file a claim and what that claim may be worth. We also know you may be concerned about the cost of hiring a lawyer. However, we do not charge upfront fees. If you decide to hire our firm to represent you, there are no fees unless we win for you.

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