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Driving Following a Brain Injury Can Be Dangerous

Researchers working with returning brain injured veterans are concerned that many of these soldiers are returning to the wheel even though they are a danger to both themselves and others. 

In Palo Alto, California at the VA Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, a driving simulator to study the driving skills of patients with traumatic brain injury has been created.  It is intended to determine if there are deficiencies in brain processing which makes it a danger to perform the every day task of driving. 

The researchers cite statistics that between 40 to 80 percent of brain injured drivers in the general population return to the road despite advice from their doctors!

Driving a car involves a great deal of mental processing and should be approached with extreme caution following head trauma.

You can read the full story in today's San Francisco Chronicle.

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