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ADHD TEEN DRIVERS HAVE MORE ACCIDENTS?
By Chuck Wells

According to a study done for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have a higher frequency and more fatal accidents than youths who do not have ADHD.

Teens who take three daily doses of methylphenidate:

  • Have more high-speed collisions than teens not taking the medication
  • Drive off the road more often
  • Cross the midline more frequently

Researchers also found that teens with ADHD

  • Are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident than those without ADHD
  • More than 3 times as likely to be injured in an accident
  • 4 times more likely to be at fault for accidents
  • 2 to 6 times more likely to get speeding tickets
  • Get 4 to 5 times more tickets of all kinds
  • 8 times more likely to have their licenses suspended

AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR RATES ARE HIGH?

The cost of liability insurance only (no collision or comprehensive coverages) on one car in New York City is about $3,000 for the year.

Only 500,000 of New York City’s 1.4 vehicles carry comprehensive coverage (fire,theft,vandalism)

New York City auto thefts account for more than three-quarters of all thefts in the entire state.

FEEL CHAINED TO YOUR DESK?

29-year-old Bobby Northington started his third day as a temporary production worker at a publishing company in Nashville, Tenn. He walked 10 feet away from his workbench to give a stick of gum to a co-worker and then returned to his station. His supervisor came up to him and “instructed him to put his right leg adjacent to the table leg.” She “then wrapped the chain tightly around his leg and locked it.” Another supervisor spotted Northington chained to his desk and “laughed and commented they should now be able to get some production out of Mr. Northington.” After 40 minutes, Northington was released. He did not come back to work and instead, asked the company for a cash settlement because they violated his civil rights. The company refused saying there were conflicting statements. Northington then hired a lawyer and is suing the company for $50,000 compensatory damages and $500,000 punitive damages. The moral of the story? Don’t bring gum to work.

SOME ODDS AND ENDS

Randy Parsons, an inmate serving time on a murder charge in Michigan, won a $1.17 million lawsuit against the jail because they did not prevent his attempted suicide. He survived and is serving the rest of his 30 year term. Now taxpayers are stuck with a higher insurance bill on the jail because of the claim.

Insurance agency owner Raquel Garza of Brownsville, Texas was in trouble with the IRS. While the IRS agents were in her agency to seize her business, she instructed her employees to leave the building and lock the agents inside. When agents pounded on the door to get out, one of the employees shouted to them: “Call a locksmith,” and they walked away.

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