A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has identified a link between people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and a likeliness to engage in aggressive driving behavior. After studying thousands of driving records from people who have suffered a TBI, it was found that these drivers are more likely to engage in aggressive actions like yelling at and threatening other drivers.
The study defines a traumatic brain injury as any form of trauma to the brain that causes a loss of consciousness for five minutes or longer or requires an overnight visit to a hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control, leading causes of TBI include falls, blunt trauma caused by being hit in the head with something, and auto accidents.
There is already an established link between mental illness and substance abuse with aggressive driving, but this was the first study to examine the link with TBI.
Researchers conducted interviews and analyzed driving records and other data on 4,000 Canadian adults between the ages of 18 and 97.
Although a causal relationship cannot yet be established, the study did find that those who have had a traumatic brain injury are more likely to have engaged in aggressive driving behaviors in the last year. They were also at a greater risk for being involved in a car crash.
The results suggest that brain function has a significant impact on cognitive processes, which are required when driving. Through further studies of TBIs and other brain-related injuries and impairments, there may be an opportunity for better understanding the relationship between cognitive functioning and dangerous driving behaviors.
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