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Driving after a concussion? You might as well be drunk.

As time passes after a concussion, you'll eventually start feeling better. But whether you're okay to get behind the wheel of a car is another story.

A recent study by the University of Georgia indicates that even after the symptoms of a concussion subside, your ability to drive may be just as impaired as that of a drunk driver's. The study examined driving simulator tests for 14 young adults who had suffered a concussion vs. those of 14 who had not. The results showed that drivers who had suffered a concussion had less control of their vehicles, and swerved more than drivers with no such head injury. Drivers with a concussion had a particularly hard time navigating curved stretches of road.

Researchers do not yet know at what point the effects of concussion subside enough where it would be safe for a person to drive. Currently there are no guidelines in place recommending such a timeline. But this study indicates that it may be prudent for those who have had a concussion to wait not just until symptoms have subsided, but for some time thereafter before they can assume an ability to drive safely.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion or other type of head injury because of another's negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you secure the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and lost wages. You may also want to consider limiting driving for a time, even after symptoms are no longer present.

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