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. 2019 Jul 16;1-6.
doi: 10.1080/23279095.2019.1640697. Online ahead of print.

Road Accidents in Young Adults With ADHD: Which Factors Can Explain the Occurrence of Injuries in Drivers With ADHD and How to Prevent It?

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Road Accidents in Young Adults With ADHD: Which Factors Can Explain the Occurrence of Injuries in Drivers With ADHD and How to Prevent It?

Lucia Romo et al. Appl Neuropsychol Adult. .

Abstract

Some 1.35 million people die and more than 50 million are injured or disabled from road accidents annually across the globe. Driving is a complex task with multiple complex cognitive functions, including perception, motor coordination, and executive function. Thus, driving can be a significant challenge for patients suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common neurodevelopmental disorder with cognitive symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity, and executive dysfunction. Undoubtedly, risk of car accidents is higher in people with ADHD. The aim of this article is to explore factors that could explain the occurrence of road accidents in patients with ADHD and to highlight prevention points. Indeed, reduction of risky driving is an important priority for public health.

Keywords: ADHD; prevention; risk-taking; therapeutic management; traffic accidents; young drivers.

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