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Research shows brain injury linked to increased risk of road rage

On Behalf of | May 28, 2015 | Brain Injury

Individuals who have suffered injuries to the brain may face cognitive challenges in New York, such as not being able to concentrate in school. They may also suffer from physical difficulties, such as ringing in their ears or poor coordination. However, one other side effect of traumatic brain injury, according to research, is a higher likelihood of engaging in road rage.

The recent research study involved surveying 4,000 adult drivers between the ages of 18 and 97. The research suggests that a link exists between injury to the brain and driving behaviors deemed hazardous, such as road rage. Road rage involves threatening to harm a fellow passenger or motorist or to damage another person’s vehicle.

According to the research study results, people who had suffered a minimum of one brain injury during their lifetimes had more severe road-rage incidents than those who had suffered no traumatic brain injuries. The research further showed that those with brain injuries have a greater chance of being involved in injury-causing vehicle accidents. Traumatic brain injury is head trauma that causes a person to lose consciousness for at least five minutes or requires him or her to be hospitalized overnight.

Brain injuries can quickly alter somebody’s life. A person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury in New York has the right to file a liability claim against the person believed to have caused the brain injury either intentionally or due to negligence. A cause that is litigated successfully may result in financial restitution that can help the victim to cover medical costs occasioned by his or her injury.

Source: US News, “Brain Injury Linked to Raised Risk of Road Rage”, Robert Preidt, May 12, 2015


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