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ADHD medication and crash risk

Florida drivers who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may see their risk for getting in a motor vehicle accident fall if they keep up with their prescribed medications. This is according to a study that examined the health claim records of over 2.3 million ADHD patients who had sought emergency care due to vehicle crashes from 2005 to 2014.

ADHD is a neurodevelopment condition that can causes sufferers to have impaired impulse control, hyperactivity and be unable to pay attention. The symptoms of ADHD can make it difficult for sufferers to safely operate a motor vehicle, exposing them to a higher risk for accidents. Out of the more than 2.3 million American adults whose records were examined for the study, 83.9 percent of them had a minimum of one prescription for ADHD medication. The researchers estimated that 22.1 percent of vehicle crashes during the period examined in the study could have been prevented if the ADHD patients had been medicated.

The researchers identified the emergency room visits that were the result of vehicle crashes that occurred during the same time the patients were driving. The risk of vehicle crashes taking place during the time patients had obtained their ADHD medication were compared to the risk of vehicle crashes during the time that the prescription medication had not been obtained. The researchers determined that 11,224 ADHD patients sought emergency care following a vehicle accident. Men and women with ADHD had lower risks of 38 percent and 42 percent, respectively, of getting in a crash when they were taking their medication.

Driving while distracted is a major source of car accidents. People in other vehicles who have been injured in such a collision might find it advisable to have legal assistance when attempting to recover compensation for their losses.

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