According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving occurs when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. Unfortunately, aggressive driving is extremely common and has actually increased in recent years. Aggressive driving and its associated forms, such as road rage, may lead to car accidents, which are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Maryland and across the United States. For more information on how aggressive driving may lead to TBI, please continue reading, then contact one of our experienced car accident attorneys in Prince George’s County, Maryland today.
How common is aggressive driving in Maryland?
In the last few years, aggressive drivers caused nearly two-thirds of traffic fatalities and fifty-six percent of fatal crashes involved road rage. Approximately half of all drivers respond aggressively to road rage. Acts of aggressive driving include:
- Following too closely
- Changing lanes erratically
- Driving on the road shoulder, in a ditch or on a sidewalk or median
- Passing other vehicles when it is not safe to do so
- Driving recklessly
- Changing speeds suddenly and/or without warning
- Failing to yield right-of-way, obey traffic laws, observe warnings or instructions, or signal
- Driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speed limits
- Racing other vehicles
- Turning when it is not allowed or in a careless manner
How does aggressive driving cause a traumatic brain injury?
As previously stated, aggressive driving can lead to devastating car crashes. The impact forces created by a vehicle collision can cause the brain to strike the internal hard bone of the skull, damaging brain structures and tearing nerve tissues. These injuries can disrupt the communication and chemical processes of the brain, leading to temporary or permanent brain damage, coma or even death.
How might aggressive driving damage the brain?
Aggressive driving and road rage can lead to any number of injuries for the involved motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Some of the most common traumatic brain injuries and their side effects include:
- Concussion: Usually accompanied by loss of consciousness, dizziness and confusion.
- Contusion: May result in blood clots in the brain, difficulty speaking, memory challenges and changes in cognition.
- Diffuse axonal: Side effects include seizures, severe headaches, migraines and memory loss or collapse.
- Penetration: When an object penetrates the brain, the victim may experience heavy blood loss, difficulty breathing and exhaustion.
- Coup-contrecoup: When injuries occur on both sides of the brain, victims suffer severe brain damage.
- Acquired brain injuries: Blood loss, chest complications, lung and rib damage and throat injuries can directly affect the brain, such as a shortage in blood supply.
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