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Research examines frequency of car accidents for those with ADHD

There are a seemingly endless number of reasons for car accidents to occur in Florida and across the nation. People with certain medical conditions may cause a car accident because of their issues, and that is an important part of research to determine how these crashes can be prevented. One recent study found that those suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more prone to a crash if they have been diagnosed and failed to take their medicine to treat it.

Since the symptoms of ADHD are generally an inability to pay attention, impulsiveness and being hyperactive, the incidence of a crash can increase due to the behaviors accompanying them. There are other behaviors that occur with ADHD including taking risks, inability to restrain aggression and substance abuse. These add another layer to the risk of people with ADHD driving while untreated. The study found that females with ADHD had 42 percent less of a chance of being in a crash when they took their medication. For men, it was 38 percent lower.

The author of the study says that the researchers used car accidents within 2.3 million people who had diagnosed ADHD. In total, it is believed there are more than 10 million people in the U.S. have this issue. Certain medications are used to help alleviate the symptoms that accompany ADHD. Those who took part in the study were age 18 and older. These people were found through health insurance claims, and it was cross-referenced with car accidents. Based on their research, those with ADHD have a higher risk of being in car accidents than those who do not have it.

Close to 84 percent of those were prescribed medications for their ADHD. The study showed that the number of accidents for those who took their medications had a lower frequency than those who did not. Due to the disorder, drivers with ADHD are more prone to going through traffic lights, making abrupt lane changes and simply failing to pay attention to the road among other errors. With these statistics, there is a possibility that a person whose recklessness stemmed from a failure to take his or her medication could cause a car crash. Since a car crash can cause substantial medical costs and a wide variety of problems for a person or a family, discussing a case with a personal injury attorney may be beneficial.

Source: CBS News, "For people with ADHD, taking meds may help reduce car crashes," Alan Mozes, May 10, 2017

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