Aggressive Driving Linked to Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Sep 17, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Research from the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention has revealed that a traumatic brain injury may put an individual at increased risk for aggressive driving.
Although in the initial stages, it appears that this link could eventually make way for improving safety on the roads.
Researchers interviewed 4,000 adult individuals between the ages of 18-97, whose driving histories were also reviewed.
It was revealed that individuals who experienced at least one traumatic brain injury had a much higher occurrence of road rage. Furthermore, those with a history of brain traumas were also more likely to be involved in a car crash that injured other individuals, including themselves.
For the purposes of the study, a traumatic brain injury was defined as a head injury where an individual required hospitalization overnight or lost consciousness for at least five minutes. Aggressive driving or road rage is defined as when a driver made threats to endanger another passenger, driver or vehicle on the road.
Although driving is not considered a complex activity, it still requires multiple cognitive processes and focus, which is why researchers wanted to conduct the study. Understanding the correlation between aggressive driving and brain trauma injuries may help pave the way for additional safety measures, such as traffic safety laws to be put in place. Ultimately, researchers hope that this study may prevent future cases of aggressive driving.
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