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The Study: Risk of Car Accident Increased for People with ADHD

Nationally, ADHD (or “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”) affects millions of Americans. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimate that in 2016, there were about 6.1 million children who held the diagnosis, and the American Psychiatric Association estimates that at any given time, roughly 5% of all American children are living with ADHD.

Not all children go on to maintain the diagnosis into adulthood, but according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), about 8 million adults are living with ADHD.  A recent study suggests, however, that ADHD may actually increase one’s chances of being involved in a car accident.

What is ADHD?

Never rely on self-help or online materials to determine the reasons behind your symptoms. Only a properly trained and qualified mental health professional can render a diagnosis. However, the disorder is notable for certain symptoms, such as:

  • Problems focusing
  • Disorganization
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty creating tasks or lists
  • Challenges when listening or following instructions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of ability to “follow through” or complete tasks

These symptoms often cause relationship challenges, difficulty in school or work environments, and can result in other mental health difficulties.

Of course, everyone is different. Some cases are more severe than others. Moreover, there is hope. Most adults living with ADHD are able to control their symptoms and live perfectly healthy and productive lives, when properly addressed and treated.

Recent Study Relating to ADHD and Car Accidents

In Sweden, researchers reviewed data that was obtained between 2006 and 2009 in order to study the effects of ADHD on driving. They reviewed data for 17,408 adults in that country, and the results were quite interesting. Reuters reports that the researchers discovered that those adults with ADHD actually had a much higher risk of being in a car crash.

The study revealed some notable differences between men and women, as well. For instance, the study, which was completed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, revealed that men with ADHD had a 47% greater risk of being in a crash, while the risk to women was just 45%. While this difference may not seem alarming, what is more interesting is the effect of medication.

Data collected in the study demonstrated the gender gap in the results. Compare the following:

  • 10,000 men with ADHD = 214 serious auto accidents
  • 10,000 men without ADHD = 77 serious auto accidents
  • 10,000 women with ADHD = 120 serious auto accidents
  • 10,000 women without ADHD = 52 serious auto accidents

Men who took their medication regularly for ADHD were able to cut their risk factor by more than half (58%), while there was no difference reported for women who took their prescribed medication.

Controlling ADHD and Driving

The overall lesson to be learned from this new study is that ADHD may have a demonstrable impact on your safety while driving. Inattention, difficulty focusing, and frustration or aggression are marked qualities that can increase risk. If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, discuss your diagnosis with your healthcare professional to determine whether medication or other measures may be appropriate. Your safety and that of those around you are at stake.

Injured in a Long Island Auto Accident

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in New York, you deserve skilled and experienced legal help from a Long Island personal injury lawyer. Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP right away to get answers and protect your rights. Free consultation 24/7 at (866) 580-1960.

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