People with ADHD could be more prone to car crashes, study suggests

A study suggests that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder might be more prone to car crashes when they grow into young adults.

Researchers in Philadelphia compared nearly 2,500 young adults with ADHD with nearly 16,000 without it.

They found that individuals with ADHD who had a driver's license had a roughly 36 per cent higher risk of being involved in a car crash, compared to drivers without the disorder.

The authors speculate that certain symptoms may contribute to the increased risk.

The authors also noted that few of the individuals with ADHD who were studied had active prescriptions – a factor they suggest might also have increased the risk of an accident.

The study is in JAMA Pediatrics.