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Car accident risk higher for young drivers with ADHD

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2017 | Car Accidents, Firm News, Personal Injury |

Car accidents in Connecticut and across the country have various causes. Some of these causes are due to driver behaviors, such as a drunk driving. Others, however, are linked to the driver’s physical, mental or emotional issues.

Researchers are on the lookout for common denominators as to why these crashes might happen. One study examined Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in younger drivers. It found that those with ADHD might wait to get a driver’s license and, once they have it, are more prone to being in a crash. Some studies suggest that one out of every 10 children and teens have ADHD.

The new study shows that the number of accidents with young people who have ADHD might be lower than previous research suggested, but that does not make it any less of a concern. Those who have ADHD are often impulsive and overactive, and they struggle to pay attention.

In this study, the medical records of more than 18,300 youngsters were examined. Almost 2,500 had ADHD. This was compared to car crashes and the administering of driver’s licenses. Those who did not have diagnosed ADHD were 35 percent less likely to be in a car collision. It was also found that younger drivers with ADHD were 1.36 times as likely to be in a crash during the time-period of the study as those who did not have it.

When there is a car crash with injuries and fatalities, those who are confronted with the aftermath need to be aware of the accident’s cause and how to move forward. There might be medical bills and other expenses due to the crash. This can cause significant problems in a person’s life. Legal assistance is vital to finding out how and why the accident occurred and in seeking compensation. An attorney experienced in investigating a car wreck can go through the case, see if issues with the other driver were a factor and use that in litigation.

Source:, “ADHD tied to driver’s license delays, crash risks,” Andrew M. Seaman, June 12, 2017



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