If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a collision with an at-fault driver, your life can change in myriad ways. One very limiting consequence of a TBI is losing the ability to safely drive a car or truck.
Depending on where you live, not being able to drive can be anything from a moderate annoyance to a major problem. Below are some things to know about driving after a TBI from an accident.
You could be legally barred from driving
California drivers who experienced a loss of consciousness (LOC) and/or seizures can be subject to medical probation with their driving privileges temporarily suspended after a TBI. This can apply even after you physically feel as if you are back to normal. Disregarding the probationary period could cause your auto insurance to be invalidated in the event you have another accident.
Statistics on driving after a TBI
According to the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), approximately 40% to 60% of those who suffered moderate to severe brain injuries are one day able to drive after their TBIs. However, some may need to modify their driving habits by doing one or more of the following:
- Only driving during daylight hours under good weather conditions
- Driving only on familiar streets and routes
- Driving only in light traffic patterns
- Driving less frequently than before their accidents
As one can imagine, these restrictions can make it quite challenging to get to and from work and to carry out the activities of daily living (ADL).
Seeking compensation can make recovery less difficult
In order to give you a financial cushion after your accident, you will need to file a claim for damages. With the insurance company of the at-fault driver who caused your collision. The financial compensation you receive can make the post-accident transition easier.