Can ADHD increase the chances of a crash?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2019 | Car Accidents |

When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, many risk factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the road conditions and whether a driver is suffering from fatigue due to inadequate sleep or working for too long. However, there are other potential areas of concern, some of which do not receive very much attention. For example, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may increase the probability of a motor vehicle collision.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of ways in which ADHD can affect teenagers, and they face greater risks while behind the wheel. Young drivers with ADHD should be especially careful while driving and make sure that they avoid behaviors such as drug or alcohol use while on the road and distractions that can divert their attention. It is especially important for the parents of teen drivers with ADHD to focus on accident prevention.

If your child has ADHD, it is important to be aware of how this condition could affect their ability to stay safe on the road and discuss these concerns with them. Or, if you are an adult with ADHD, you should also be aware of these potential risks and make sure you stay safe on the road. Moreover, if you are struck by someone who has ADHD, this may be an important factor to bring up in the courtroom in the event that you decide to move ahead with a lawsuit. Sadly, crashes caused by ADHD and other factors have claimed so many lives in recent years.