Teens with ADHD may be more likely to be in a car crash

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(WILX) - Teens who have ADHD may have an increased chance of being in a car crash.

Researchers compared the records of patients with ADHD to data involving crashes and road violations. Overall, drivers with ADHD were more likely to be involved in an accident regardless of how old they were when they got their license.

But new drivers were 62% more likely to be in a crash compared to teen drivers without the disorder. They were also more likely to have higher rates of suspensions and road violations, such as speeding and not using a seat belt.

The rate of alcohol and drug violations was also three times higher for teens with ADHD during the first year of driving.

The data studied involved people born between 1987 and 1997. The research is from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and published in "Pediatrics."

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