Brain Injuries Linked to Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Apr 27, 2016 in Car Accidents
Canadian researchers have released a study revealing a link between aggressive driving and traumatic brain injuries. Those who suffered brain trauma are much more likely to exhibit road rage, which puts other motorists and pedestrians at risk.
Even more disturbing, a large percentage of motorists have suffered from these types of injuries. Therefore, researchers are suggesting more studies be completed to determine how head trauma impacts driving habits and abilities.
Driving may seem like a simple task, but it entails significant cognitive functions and coordination. When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, their coordination skills may be impacted along with suffering difficulty concentrating. Expressions of violence, like road rage or threatening other drivers, may be tied to people who have experienced at least one traumatic brain injury in their life.
The study, published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, focused on 4,000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 97. The drivers involved in more serious road rage incidents had a medical history of at least one traumatic brain injury.
In the study, road rage was defined as threatening to harm another person or damage their car. In addition to serious road rage, people with traumatic brain injuries were also more apt to crash their vehicles. Collisions can be impacted by psychological factors and the link between head injuries and crashes is strong.
By studying the ties between traumatic brain injuries, road rage, collisions and aggressive driving, more can be done to implement prevention and safety measures, such as improving safety laws and enforcement.
At Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak, we are here to help you if you have been injured in a car accident with an aggressive driver. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to speak with one of our skilled auto accident attorneys.