Driving After a Brain Injury: 3 Things to Ask Your Doctor

driving abilityOur accident injury lawyers in Raleigh help many people recover damages when they were injured due to no fault of their own. In some accidents, victims suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The long-term effects of a brain injury are a challenge to value. Has the victim lost enjoyment of life or independence, experienced paralysis, loss of consortium? Have their loved ones lost companionship? In addition to medical treatment costs for brain injuries, our injury lawyers take these factors into account when fighting for a case. Most people don't realize that 40-60% of moderate-to-severe brain injury survivors will return to driving. Driving is a large part of a person's independence. Having the ability to get back behind the wheel may require added expenses for a brain injury survivor, which our injury lawyers explain below.

If you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury, before taking the driver's seat again get a doctor's approval. Then ask your treating doctor about:

  • Adaptive driving equipment. Brain injuries may cause slow reflex and response times, and centrallized brain damage may affect specific parts of the body. If a brain injury victim has limited mobility in their legs, hand-controlled braking and accelerating devices can be installed. Your doctor can recommend what types of equipment may best suit your abilities.
  • Vehicle modifications. Brain injury victims may have little trouble driving, but they may face a challenge getting into and out of a vehicle. Installing a lift can help make the driving process more accessible. The cost of these modifications and the driving equipment referenced above may be included in an accident victim's settlement. Benefits may also be available for home modifications.
  • On-road driving test. This driving test can involve the brain injury survivor using adaptive driving equipment in a controlled or natural driving environment so that a doctor or other professional evaluator can assess whether or not the individual is capable of safe driving abilities.
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