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ADHD sufferers without medication at higher risk of car accidents

Those who are in a car collision in New Jersey will automatically want to know whether the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and if there were any other behaviors that were taking place that could contribute to liability. One study that was recently released examined an unusual link between people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and car crashes. Statistically, the number of accidents for those who have ADHD is higher if they do not take medication to treat the condition.

Since ADHD inhibits a person's ability to maintain attention and have impulse control, the problems that accompany that, fidgeting and talking at a rapid rate among others, might also hinder safe driving. The study shows that males who have ADHD were 38 percent less likely to be in a car accident when they were taking medication. For women, it was 42 percent less likely. The lead author of the study said that approximately 22 percent of car collisions might have been avoided if those with ADHD had medication to treat it.

The data used for the study was from 2005 to 2014 involving more than 2.3 million people over the age of 18 in the U.S. who had been diagnosed with ADHD. Nearly 84 percent received a minimum of one prescription medication to treat ADHD. When cross-referencing these statistics with those who sought emergency treatment after an auto accident - almost 11,500 - it was found that a large number had not taken medication. The study did not factor for fatal accidents or accidents that did not require medical care. In addition, just because there was a prescription for the medication, it does not mean it had been taken.

Because ADHD can negatively affect numerous skills necessary to be an effective and safe driver, this research is important to try and reduce accident frequency and understand why they happened in the first place. Since so many people around the world are injured and die in auto accidents, any information as to what might be a factor can help to avoid them. When people are injured or have lost a loved one in a crash, knowing whether the person was taking medication for ADHD can be essential to filing a case and using that information when seeking compensation. Discussing the matter with an attorney experienced in a wide variety of car accidents is vital.

Source: Tech Times, "Medication May Slash Risk Of Car Crashes Among Drivers With ADHD," Katrina Pascual, May 11, 2017

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