Children with ADHD more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents

Practically as soon as children can walk, if not before, parents teach their children to look both ways before crossing the street. A new study shows that despite a parent’s best teachings, children with ADHD are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents than children without the attention disorder. It turns out that children with ADHD may only need more practice safely crossing the street.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham reviewed the actions of 78 children with ADHD between the ages of seven and 10 and compared them to 39 children without ADHD in the same age group. The researchers found that both groups of children followed curbside safety rules such as “look both ways before you cross,” but children with ADHD did not apply the rules in the same manner that children without ADHD did.

Children with ADHD took more risks crossing the street and choose to cross the street during smaller spaces in between traffic. Researchers expected children with ADHD to be more impulsive and expected children with ADHD to disregard the rules. Instead, children with ADHD follow the rules, and researchers learned that children with ADHD have a harder time figuring out how much time it takes to cross the street and how much time it will take before a car enters the intersection.

The researchers concluded that children with ADHD know the lessons of safety but may need more time to practice them. The research was conducted using a virtual environment and children were not subjected to the dangers of actual traffic, thus avoiding the use of a personal injury attorney..