Medication decreases crash risk for drivers with ADHD

Arizona drivers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have several ways of dealing with their symptoms while on the road. According to a recent study published in "JAMA Psychiatry," proper ADHD medication could be one of the most effective methods to curb crash risks.

The study focused on health insurance claims filed between 2005 and 2014, which led to the identification of more than 2.3 million American drivers ages 18 and over with ADHD. When compared to an age-matched and sex-matched control group of drivers without the condition, it was discovered that those with ADHD are at a higher risk for car crashes.

However, the study estimates that medication could have prevented up to 22.1 percent of the crashes that these drivers were involved in. Male ADHD patients were 38 percent less likely to crash when they were medicated. For females with ADHD, that number rose to 42 percent. The authors note that there are several limitations; the study only took into account crashes that resulted in emergency room visits. Also, the fact that a prescription was filled does not guarantee that the driver took the medication.

Though medication should not be considered a cure-all, the fact remains that those with ADHD must, like everyone else, maintain control of their vehicles at all times. When distracted driving leads to a motor vehicle accident, the victim has the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver's insurance company. This is where a lawyer comes in. An attorney can assess the victim's claim, estimate a settlement, hire investigators to assemble proof and proceed to the negotiation stage. If the insurance company refuses a settlement or proposes a low offer, the lawyer could then litigate.

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