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Is it Safe to Drive Following a Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury?

De Caro & Kaplen partner Michael V. Kaplen, a three-term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, and professorial lecturer at law, teaching a course in brain injury law at the George Washington University Law School, discusses whether it is safe to drive after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.

Driving is a series of complicated skills. Think of all the processing steps and calculations such as speed, distance, braking, observations, the brain makes when driving.

What did the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference Study Determine on the Risks of Driving Following a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Drivers who suffered a concussion had:

Slower reaction times in reacting to changing traffic signals and hazards even after all concussion symptoms resolved.

What Steps Should be Taken Following a Concussion Before Resuming Driving?

Before an individual resumes driving following a concussion, their reaction time and driving abilities must be independently examined. The Brain Injury Law Firm can provide you with legal assistance following a concussion or any other brain injury. For over 40 years, De Caro & Kaplen has represented victims of traumatic brain injury caused by vehicle accidentstruck accidentsconstruction site accidents, unsafe buildings and medical negligence.

About The Author

Michael V. Kaplen

Michael V. Kaplen represents victims of vehicle collisions, unsafe buildings and construction sites, and medical malpractice, and is a preferred attorney of The Brain Injury Association of America.

Michael is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and board certified in medical malpractice litigation. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School, The Legal Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Michael is past chairman of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Automobile, Highway and Premise Liability Section, past chairman of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, three term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State served two terms as chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and vice-president, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He was invited by President Obama to participate in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.

He is admitted to courts in New York, Florida, and Washington, DC. He has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer and recognized by Best Lawyers of America and U.S. News and World Report in personal injury law.

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