BUFFALO, N.Y. – Stress causes irritability, anxiety and it can sometimes lead to depression. It is also known to raise your blood pressure, increase muscle tension and cause headaches – now researchers say it can get you injured too.
A recent study conducted by the University of Missouri found that there was a surprising pattern of injuries when examining collegiate athletes during midterm and finals weeks. Researchers said they couldn’t explain why the injuries happened but the study did conclude that stress was a common factor.
A Buffalo car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says stress can often lead to driving injuries as well and in some cases, stress can cause deadly accidents.
“Typically when we talk about stress in the car, we’re talking about road rage which can be dangerous for every driver in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s important to remain calm and collected when you’re driving because that’s when we make the best decisions and there are so many quick decisions that need to be made while driving.”
Researchers say muscles tighten and attention narrows in stressful situations. When the same concept is applied to driving in traffic, doctors say the body can be more susceptible to injury.
Other studies on the stressful subject have concluded that people tend to cut back on sleep when they are stressed. For example, college students preparing for exams may cut a few hours of rest, thinking it will help them study more.
“Cutting back on rest is usually not recommended,” Cellino said. “In driving scenarios, it can be extremely dangerous and many times, deadly.”
According to a statistical analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving killed more than 800 people in 2009.
The MU study suggested that in order to maintain peak performance – whether in sports, in the classroom, or on the road – it’s important to get a good night’s rest, maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and handle stress responsibly.
Buffalo car accident attorneys agree – a less stressful commute could reduce your risk of crash and injury.