Driving in Florida is a complex task that requires attention to detail and focus. It can be challenging for individuals with ADHD to pay attention and focus for extended periods of time. So it comes as no surprise that individuals with ADHD may have a higher propensity to be distracted while driving and increase their chances of getting in an automobile accident.
A lead author and researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden believes that the core symptoms of ADHD can minimize a person’s aptitude to drive in a safe way. As a result, these individuals have a greater risk of causing accidents or sustaining injuries while driving. ADHD sufferers may fidget when they drive or engage in conversation while they drive, making it harder for them to pay attention.
Interestingly, a study that was published in the JAMA Psychiatry showed a reduction in car accidents for ADHD patients who were medicated as opposed to those who were not taking any medication. Male patients were 38 percent less likely to crash when taking medication, and female patients were 42 percent less likely get into car accidents when taking medication.
This study’s finding is interesting in lieu of the fact that in 2015, of the 32,744 people who died in automobile crashes in the United States, it is estimated that 3,477 of those died in connection to being distracted while driving.
If an individual or their family members were injured as the result of someone else driving distracted, a personal injury lawyer could work with them and help them evaluate and assemble a civil claim. In addition to referencing things like camera footage and accident reconstructions, a personal injury lawyer may speak with medical professionals to learn about health conditions the at fault driver had, such as ADHD, and whether or not they were taking medication to control symptoms that might have led to the accident.