Sneezing Fit Causes Crash that Claims Kansas City, Missouri Driver’s Life
A sneezing fit has been blamed for a Missouri car collision that claimed the life of a Kansas City woman and left her toddler in need of emergency medical care, according to a recent article in the Kansas City Star.
According to investigators, a sudden bout of sneezing distracted a 44-year-old Smithville woman for only a few seconds, long enough for her vehicle to crash into the car driven by a 30-year-old Kansas City woman. The Smithville woman was cited for “careless and imprudent driving,” as well as for not having required auto insurance. Investigators are still trying to determine if another distraction, like cell phone use, also played a role in the crash.
The 30-year-old lost her life in the crash. Her three-year-old son, who was also in the vehicle, was rushed to a local children’s hospital, where he remains in serious condition.
Sneezing fits are an unusual source of car accidents, but they aren’t unheard of, say officials from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Drivers can’t always prevent a sneeze, but they can take care to leave a safe distance between their vehicle and the one ahead to reduce the risk of a crash if a sneezing fit occurs.
The causes of a car accident aren’t always easy to figure out, especially if you’re already facing the full-time job of recovering from serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to call a tenacious car accident lawyer at Page Law today at (314) 322-8515. Your initial consultation with us is free and completely confidential.