Why Some Maryland Car Crash Victims Suffer Blurry Vision

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Car Accidents Published on October 3, 2023 and updated on January 4, 2024.

blurry poster for vision testCar accidents are disorienting enough, but blurred vision can make things even worse. While blurry vision could indicate an eye injury, it is often a symptom of something more serious, like whiplash or a traumatic brain injury.

If you suffered blurry vision after a car accident in Maryland, you should contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your options for seeking compensation. You may be eligible to recover compensation for the cost of medical treatment and other damages you may suffer.

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl does not charge upfront fees to represent crash victims. That means no fee to take your case and no fee while we work on your case. Our Maryland vehicle crash lawyers are dedicated to securing maximum compensation.

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Car Crash Injuries That Can Cause Blurry Vision

If things look blurry after a car crash, it could be a sign of one of the following injuries:


A car crash can cause your neck to whip forward and backward so violently that the muscles and tendons in your neck could suffer damage. Whiplash can even knock the vertebrae and discs in your spine out of place, which could cause nerve damage. Sometimes this nerve damage could affect your eyes, causing blurry vision.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can also cause blurry vision. These injuries often occur when crash victims suffer blunt trauma to the head during the collision. However, brain injuries can also happen without a blow to the head. The force of impact could throw your head forward hard enough to injure your brain. A brain injury could cause your eyes to move outward, which could result in blurry or double vision.

Some brain injury victims may experience blurry vision right away, while others may not experience symptoms of blurred vision for hours or even days after the collision. If you have blurry vision, you may see double or have impairment of your peripheral vision. You may find it difficult to look at things with a lot of patterns or motion. You may also become irritated when you see glare or bright lights.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Impaired depth perception
  • Struggling to read words on a page
  • Struggling to focus

Retinal Detachment

Sometimes a car crash can cause a detached retina. This is the delicate tissue connected to the back of your eyes. A detached retina occurs when this tissue moves because of trauma. This injury prevents your eye from getting the blood and oxygen it needs to function properly. Without immediate treatment, a detached retina could result in permanent damage and even loss of vision.

One of the symptoms of a detached retina is blurry vision. Victims might also see floaters or sudden flashes of light. Some victims may experience a lot of shadows in their vision.

It is important to note that you might not suffer a detached retina until after the accident. Some do not suffer a detached retina for days or weeks after being involved in a collision.

Symptoms That May Accompany Blurry Vision

Blurred vision is serious enough, but it could also be a symptom of a more severe injury. For instance, you may have suffered a concussion or some other type of traumatic brain injury. If your blurry vision is accompanied by these symptoms, you need to go to the doctor to be evaluated for a brain injury:

  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Poor coordination
  • Change in behavior or personality
  • Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting

If your blurry vision is accompanied by neck pain that radiates to your shoulders and down your arms, you may have whiplash. With this injury, you may experience a limited range of motion in your neck. Moving or turning your head may be extremely painful. Some whiplash victims also suffer headaches, ringing in their ears and fatigue.

Treatment For Blurred or Impaired Vision

Blurred vision should be treated immediately to help lower the risk of long-term or permanent vision problems.

If you have whiplash, a chiropractor may be able to help relieve your pain by readjusting your spine. This may also relieve pressure on your nerves. Orthopedists and physical therapists may be able to treat the soft tissues in your neck.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a brain injury, you should seek treatment right away. Waiting to seek medical care could cause you to suffer permanent damage. Doctors will likely need to do imaging tests to diagnose your specific injury and determine treatment options.

Treatment of your vision issues may involve visual rehabilitation. This involves a series of exercises and activities meant to improve the connection between your eyes and brain.

Filing a Claim For Compensation For Impaired Vision

If the crash resulted from another driver’s negligent actions, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for the treatment of your blurry vision and other injuries. You may also be able to recover compensation for lost wages or ongoing damages if your vision issues affect you for a long time or permanently. This may include non-economic compensation for things like pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life.

However, as the injured victim, you have the burden of proof in a personal injury claim. That means it is up to you to prove the other driver is at fault. You also need to prove your injuries were a direct result of the crash and not something else.

The liable insurance company is going to be against you, which is why many crash victims hire a lawyer.

Call To Discuss Your Maryland Car Crash Claim

If you were injured because another driver was negligent and caused a crash, you will need to seek compensation to help pay for your damages. Unfortunately, liable insurance companies do not want to pay you all the compensation you need.

You should give serious consideration to talking to a lawyer. Auto accident victims who work with lawyers typically recover more compensation than those who seek compensation alone.

Our services are provided on contingency, which means no upfront costs.

Contact us to schedule your free legal consultation: 410-297-0271.