Saturday, April 7th, 2012
A 2007 study, by Russell A. Barkley of the Medical University of South Carolina and Daniel J. Cox of the University of Virginia Health System, concluded that young drivers with A.D.H.D. are two to four times as likely as those without the condition to have an accident â€” meaning that they are at a higher risk of wrecking the car than an adult who is legally drunk.
That is quite the statistical analysis! My friend Richard sent me this article from the NY Times, which frankly blew me away. More at risk than driving drunk!? I’d heard references before on the risk factors associated with ADHD and driving accidents for young drivers, but this is the first study I’ve seen by someone as reputable as Dr. Barkley.
The study cites three behaviors and attitudes that raise the stakes and risks this much: Inattentiveness, Impulsivity, and an Overestimation of their skills behind the wheel.
[via Richard Wanderman]