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ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks

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ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks

ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks – Today’s guest blog is by Hammack Law Firm in Greenville, SC. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

GREENVILLE, South Carolina. There are many preventable risk factors for car accidents. We all know that drinking and driving, texting and driving, and driving while fatigued can put us at increased risk of car accidents. Yet, new research suggests that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD could potentially increase a person’s car accident risk.

ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks

ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by problems with attention and focus, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Interestingly, these same characteristics and traits have been known to increase a person’s risk of drinking and driving. Yet, could this condition, under normal circumstances, also put people at risk of car accidents?

According to the Washington Post, individuals with diagnosed ADHD were at higher risk of being in a motor vehicle accident, but this risk was reduced when individuals took ADHD medicine. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association: Psychiatry, individuals with ADHD were found to experience more lapses, driving violations, and motor vehicle crashes. The researchers studied the health insurance claims of those who were diagnosed with ADHD. The researchers reviewed the individual’s claims to see if they had to visit the emergency room for a car accident. The study found that men with ADHD were 49% more likely than men without the condition to be involved in an accident. Women were 44% more likely to be in a crash when they had ADHD; than those who did not have the condition. The crash risk dropped when individuals took medication.

According to the Washington Post, as many as 1 in 5 motor vehicle accidents could have been prevented; had individuals with ADHD taken their medication. This raises important questions about whether the law should intervene and require individuals to take medication if they have ADHD. Laws require individuals with myopia to use corrective lenses if they want to drive. Will we see a future where laws may require individuals with ADHD to take medications before they can get their driver’s license?

ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks

Only time will tell. Until then, it is up to individual patients to make a decision for themselves and for others on the road. Car accidents can lead to the injury and death of individuals in other vehicles, so drivers need to carefully consider the choices they make before they get behind the wheel. Drivers also need to consider the financial risk they take if they fail to take medication. Drivers who harm others while behind the wheel run the risk of facing personal injury lawsuits for the damages they cause. The Hammack Law Firm are car accident attorneys in Greenville, South Carolina who work with victims of crashes to help them seek the recovery they may deserve. The firm understands that a wide variety of factors contribute to car crashes.

It isn’t fully understood why individuals with ADHD may be more at risk of crashes, but some speculate that the condition may make it more likely that individuals drink and drive, or make other potentially deadly impulsive decisions. If you’ve been hurt due to the actions of another driver, you may only have a limited amount of time to seek a recovery under the law. Visit the Hammack Law Firm today at http://hammacklawfirm.com to learn more about your rights.

ADHD May Increase Car Accident Risks

 

Citations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/people-with-adhd-seem-less-risky-behind-the-wheel-when-taking-medications/2017/05/12/56770a1a-35c7-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.e90f6824537b

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2626500

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

http://hammacklawfirm.com/areas-we-serve/spartanburg-car-accident-lawyer

http://hammacklawfirm.com/areas-we-serve/greenville-personal-injury-attorney

 

2017-07-10T09:50:07+00:00

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