Tests Help Determine Accident Risks after Stroke

MRI.jpgSuffering a stroke can severely diminish a person’s ability to drive safely and avoid accidents. These persons may suffer from motor challenges, diminished vision, reduced hearing, slower mental faculties, and a number of other challenges that increase the risk of being involved in an accident while driving. So how do you help determine whether a person who has just recovered from a stroke, is able to drive on his own? A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology finds that a person’s ability to drive safely after suffering a stroke can be established by administering a series of three tests.

These three simple tests can be administered in just 15 minutes in your doctor’s office. According to the researchers, these tests are fairly accurate and reliable in helping to establish a person’s ability to drive safely after a stroke. The first test is a Road Recognition Test, which tests the individual’s traffic knowledge. Individuals need to score a minimum of 8.5 out of 12 on this test. The second is the Compass Test which measures the person’s visual perceptual and visual spatial abilities. Individuals need to score 25 out of 32 on this test. The third is a trail making test which measures visual motor activities, and persons are required to complete this task within a period of 90 seconds.

Those persons who fail to score the minimum on these tests are very likely to fail an on-the-road evaluation too. According to the researchers, the tests were used to accurately classify up to 85% of unsafe drivers. Motor challenges don’t seem to be as important in determining a person’s ability to drive safely after a stroke. That’s because there are driving aids available out there that allow a person with motor challenges to drive safely.

Indiana personal injury lawyers would recommend that persons who have just recovered from a stroke speak with their doctor about the three-part test before they make a decision to begin driving again.