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Study Finds Drivers with ADHD Face Greater Risks of Car Crashes

New research confirms that drivers affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be involved in serious car crashes. An article in JAMA Psychiatry reports that drivers with ADHD are about 50 percent more likely to be in accidents as compared to the rest of the population.

The National Resource Center on ADHD notes that individuals with ADHD are prone to distraction, inattentiveness and impulsive behavior. These three issues also happen to be among the most common causes of car accidents.

To make matters even more challenging for parents of young drivers with ADHD, cell phones have become an increasingly tempting distraction. Parents need to be able to keep their young drivers safe. In the unfortunate event that a serious accident does occur, you need to have an experienced car accident attorney by your side throughout the claims process.

ADHD and Car Accidents: Understanding the Risks

According to a report from Reuters, a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found a clear link between ADHD and car accidents. After reviewing the driving history of more than 40,000 young drivers, the researchers determined that people with ADHD are 50 percent more likely to be involved in a serious car accident. This is a very alarming figure.

Notably, both males and females with the condition face much higher risks than the general population. The study found that males with ADHD, particularly young males, are at a highly disproportionate accident risk.

For parents of young drivers with ADHD, the findings of this study are no doubt unnerving. However, there is good news as well: some relatively simple precautions can help reduce the dangers.

The Top 3 Ways Drivers with ADHD Can Reduce Their Accident Risk recently released important safety tips for drivers with ADHD. There are many things that can be done that could dramatically reduce the risk of an accident. Specifically, drivers with ADHD, along with parents of young drivers with ADHD, should always keep the following three tips in mind:

  1. Take your medicine. Medication will go a long way toward controlling the symptoms associated with ADHD. By reducing the propensity for distraction and inattentiveness, the proper use of medication can help to reduce the risk of serious car accidents.
  2. Eliminate distractions. All drivers should take proactive steps to eliminate distractions. This is particularly important for drivers with ADHD. Common distractions such as speaking on a cell phone, texting, putting on makeup and eating should always be avoided when behind the wheel.
  3. Use a verbal navigation system. Finally, one of the biggest distractions for most drivers is simply not knowing where they are going. When traveling somewhere new, it is critically important for drivers with ADHD to use a hands-free navigation system. The system should be pre-programmed with the destination and should give clear verbal instructions. This will eliminate the need to fumble with a cell phone.

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