A recent study published in the Accident Analysis and Prevention journal has identified a link between Ontario drivers who have reported at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) in their lifetime and significantly increased reports of engaging in aggressive driving behaviour. The study also identified a greater risk for being involved in an auto accident resulting in injuries.
Researchers cited an already strong connection between aggressive driving and high risks for auto accidents among individuals affected by substance abuse and psychiatric factors. Knowing that mental health can play a significant role in cognitive abilities, like those required for driving, the group wanted to study how TBI potentially affects aggressive driving.
In this study, aggressive driving behaviours included yelling or making threats to harm other drivers, passengers or their vehicles. According to Transport Canada, aggressive driving such as speeding and weaving in and out of lanes account for 19 per cent of serious injuries and 27 per cent of fatalities in speed-related auto accidents.
The study identified a traumatic brain injury as any head trauma that resulted in five minutes of unconsciousness or an overnight stay at the hospital. This can be caused by a hit or blow to the head, and the leading causes are car accidents and falls.
Approximately 4,000 individuals in Ontario ages 18 to 97 were surveyed over the phone by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Although a link was identified between TBI and aggressive driving behaviours, the research is still too new to be established as causal.
It does, however, present a tremendous opportunity for future studies. The study identified that a significant portion of the population has experienced a TBI at some point in their life, so it will be important to understand how trauma affects driving capabilities.
Brain function plays an important role in cognitive abilities, like driving. By being able to identify and treat brain injuries, we may be able to make roads safer.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by an aggressive or reckless driver, the auto accident lawyers at Greg Monforton and Partners can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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