If you’ve ever noticed someone getting enraged about how you drive on the road, perhaps you’re not to blame, according to a new study. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto studied 4,000 Canadian adult drivers that had previously experienced head trauma and found that those who suffered one or more traumatic brain injuries in their lifetime are more likely to have incidents of serious road rage than those who have not had a brain injury. Suffering from traumatic brain injuries are very common in a majority of the driving population, so this research is very important to study to learn about improving traffic safety.
Connection Between Brain Injury And Road Rage
So what is defined as serious road rage? Gordon & Doner believe that it’s when drivers make threats to damage a vehicle, property, or another person while driving. Traumatic brain injury is defined as having trauma to your head and losing consciousness for at least five minutes, or having a head injury that results in hospitalization. Drivers are the most likely to experience a traumatic brain injury from a traffic crash that causes an injury to themselves and passengers, or from vehicle damage in the car.
This study presents some great information because it explains how drivers end up getting upset to the point that it’s defined as road rage. Substance abusers and those with psychiatric problems often have increased driver aggression and a share a greater risk of causing a driving collision – this has been known already. What researchers were unaware of is whether those who have had traumatic brain injuries were also more likely to have aggression problems, road rage, and increased chance of being involved in a collision. It turns out that traumatic brain injury might just be the reason why you get so passionate about another driver or passenger while you’re on the road.
Everyone knows that cell phones are major distractions to drivers. Many states have imposed laws that prohibit drivers from using cellphones while on the road, unless they are using hands free service. In some states, even speaking on voice activated systems are illegal; since lawmakers believe that it’s just as much of a distraction for drivers, especially those under the age of 18. A West Palm Beach motor vehicle accident lawyer is even aware of places in the country where law enforcers are cracking down on distracted drivers by implementing new enforcement programs.
One of the major new problems that’s occurring with cellphone users is being distracted while walking. An increasing amount of cell phone owners are distracted while walking, and there are even viral videos to prove it. The most popular one shows a young woman walking straight into a mall fountain because she was too busy looking at her screen to notice. A newspaper in Australia even covered the story of a woman who walked off a pier while checking Facebook, instead of realizing that she would fall into water. Luckily even though the woman didn’t know how to swim, there were people who were able to come to her rescue.
So Why Are Cell Phone Owners Are Distracted While Walking?
Basically because people are too busy texting friends, making calls, and browsing social media, they’re becoming more of a risk to drivers and people around them. Half of people surveyed by a Pew Research Center in 2012 found that people have bumped into them unknowably because they were too busy looking at their cell phone. A fourth of the people surveyed had bumped into random things in public places, including people because they were on their phone. As cell phones become a more integral part of everyone’s lives, it seems like these accidents will just increase. If you’re going to drive, watch the road in order to protect yourself from getting into a collision – that’s a given. But even if you’re just taking a stroll, it’s best to focus on what you’re doing instead of trying to text your friend, since it could result in injury.