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ADHD Teens Have a 62% Higher Risk of an Auto Accident

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Teens with ADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving

A recent study published in Healthline and conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) indicates that teens with ADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving. Additional results of the study indicate that these teens also have an increased risk of both moving violations and driving while intoxicated. The study found that 37% of teen drivers with ADHD are still at risk up to four years after they receive their license regardless of what age they obtained their license. 

The CHOP study was led by Allison E. Curry, Ph.D., MPH. Curry’s team evaluated information from 1,769 adolescents with ADHD who got their driver’s licenses between 2004-2014. Curry’s team also found that drivers with ADHD not only experienced a higher rate of crashes but crashes that involved passengers, being at fault, injuries as well as alcohol being involved. Plus, drivers with ADHD had a 109% higher risk of drunk driving that compared to those without ADHD. However, it is important to note that it is no ADHD that is causing riskier driving it is the behaviors often associated with ADHD, such as impulsivity and lack of focus.

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