During a 10 year period, 203 traffic accidents were suspected of being caused by epilepsy; 155 of them definitely caused by seizures were selected for study. The seizures of 75% were psychomotor; in 12% the seizure was the first. Traffic accidents due to epilepsy were less serious than the average accident. They involved another vehicle much less often, and they occurred more often outside rather than inside built up areas. Accidents caused by epilepsy were rare: 1/10,000 in the 10 year period. The characteristic features of the traffic accident due to epilepsy may be due to the random occurrence of seizures in traffic, and to the seizure suppressing effect of increased vigilance in city traffic. /Author/

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    International League Against Epilepsy

    Elsevier Publishing Company, Box 211
    Amsterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Van Der Lugt, P J
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00148741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1977 12:00AM