Concussion and Motor Vehicle Collisions

Adult concussion and return to activities of daily living such as driving, is a less explored area within concussion research as identified within this OIPPN Evidence Summary titled “Concussion and Motor Vehicle Collisions – Exploring roadside options for first responders”

The Ontario Injury Prevention Practitioners Network (OIPPN), a provincial partnership of committed injury prevention practitioners within Ontario is exploring the issue of concussions for adult drivers in motor vehicle collisions (MVCs)  within this Evidence Summary. Among its many inquiries, the paper explores the role/mandate for frontline responders dealing with an undiagnosed concussion in drivers involved in a motor vehicle collision (MVC).

Some of the key findings of the Evidence Summary

  • Concussion is an injury disproportionately affecting children and youth.
  • There is still much we do not know about concussion symptoms – the time course forwhen symptoms appear, symptom types and severity.
  • There are no established guidelines for driving with concussion symptoms.
  • There is no data available on collisions where drivers had concussion symptoms pre- crash.
  •  The CCMTA classifies concussion as a “transient” condition. Medical professionals do not have to report concussions to MTO, as they do for “persistent” conditions.
  • There is an opportunity to raise awareness about driving with concussion symptoms. This information should be shared with all drivers, no matter how the concussion occurs (MVC, falls, recreation, etc).

Download the report to learn more about the recommendations made as a result of a scan of current evidence in concussions and motor vehicle collisions.

Concussion and Motor Vehicle Collisions - OIPPN Evidence Summary
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