The human skull consists of 27 bones and it’s designed to withstand substantial compression.

Unfortunately, when a car accident occurs that involves a forceful impact, a skull fracture can result if victims hit their head on the dashboard or other hard object.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Basics

A skull fracture is any break in the skull, and there are several different types of fractures. They include:

Simple Skull Fractures – This kind of fracture means the bone breaks but the skin is not damaged.

Compound Skull Fractures – Compound skull fractures result in a break of the bone or loss of skin along with splintering of the skull bone.

Linear Skull Fractures – This type of fracture happens when there is a break in a cranial bone that resembles a thin line.

Penetrating Skull Fractures – A penetrating skull fracture occurs when an object pierces the skull and leaves a distinct and localized injury to the brain tissue.

These fractures are often severe and cause victims a lengthy recovery period.


Most of the symptoms are obvious immediately following the accident, but at times victims may not know they have a problem for several days. Symptoms include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Change in pupil size
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding from the nose or ears
  • Stiff neck
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions
  • Restlessness
  • Swelling


Skull fractures can cause brain damage and other complications. They include contusions, infections, and hematomas.

If you’ve sustained a skull fracture due to another driver’s negligence, please contact us. Should you have a claim, we will help you obtain a fair settlement.

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