Studies show that even mild thinking difficulties, which may not be recognized by the injured person, may add and increase the risk to the driver or to other people around while the traumatic brain injury victim is driving. The last thing that you or your family may need is a loved one driving a car and crashing into someone potentially injuring themselves and others.
A few years ago, we had a client who returned to driving before he came to see us for help. In fact, his family didn’t really know that he had a traumatic brain injury.
Unfortunately, the client was driving somewhere he was unfamiliar with and because he was lost, he ended up getting into a crash and totaling his truck. After the family came to us, we were able to get him properly diagnosed, get him the proper therapy he needed, and eventually, he was driving again. He had no incidents afterwards and in fact, he went on to drive for a living, so there is hope for all.
Talk With A Doctor
Approximately, 40% to 60% of traumatic brain injury victims will return to driving in their lives. What is the number one way to help them? The first way is to discuss the ability to drive with your doctor or the TBI victim’s medical team. You want to get a sense of what exactly might be the problems that the TBI victim has, especially when it is related to memory, confusion, or slow thinking.
Get An Evaluation
The second important step is to get a professional evaluation to find out the driving ability of the traumatic brain injury victim because it often changes after the incident
Training & Modification
The third step is to get the necessary training or vehicle modification to make sure that the traumatic brain injury victim can return to safe driving. One example is the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (www.aded.net).
By Chris Brasure
Brasure Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Chris Brasure in 2006. His legal accomplishments are diverse and numerous. He is a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, was a delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and holds a BA in political science and speech communication from Baylor University. He then went on to obtain his law degree from Baylor University Law School. Chris believes that education is absolutely critical to one’s success, so his firm now offers The Brasure Law Firm Scholarship to give back to the community and to help students who are seeking to pursue a higher education.