Sneezing Fit Causes Accident, Kills Clay County Woman
Posted on November 19th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
A driver from Kansas City, Missouri is dead after being struck head-on near Smithville Lake, allegedly struck by another driver who suffered a sneezing fit. The Kansas City Star reports that the deceased was travelling along Route DD in Clay County, Missouri in a 2005 Hyundai with her one year old son. Suddenly, the driver of a minivan travelling in the opposite direction began “sneezing violently,” causing her car to cross the center line and into the opposite lane. The two cars struck head-on, killing the Hyundai driver and seriously injuring her one year old. This woman was not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the minivan, who was wearing her seat belt, suffered only minor injuries.
This freak incident brings up two issues regarding safety. The first is that, if a driver suffers a medical condition or is otherwise incapacitated while driving (whether from sneezing, a heart attack, a fainting spell, etc.), the driver should try to safely decelerate the vehicle and pull the car to the right in order to avoid oncoming traffic. Hopefully, the driver of the car can get to the shoulder and avoid striking anyone else.
While this incident is highly unusual, it is not entirely unheard of. Last year, a driver in Maryland and a driver in England suffered two separate sneezing attacks that resulted in fatalities. As anyone who has suffered a severe sneezing fit can attest to, it makes it impossible to see as the eyes water up, and there is simply nothing one can do to make it go away. Considering it only takes a split second to cause an accident, a ten-second sneezing fit can have serious consequences for other drivers.
The second paxil 30 mg dose safety tip here is to always wear a seat belt. Obviously, this poor woman could have no idea she would suffer such an unusual injury, and no one is blaming her for the accident. But as a Missouri personal injury attorney, I have seen how important seat belts can be to saving lives.
Clients who wear their seat belts are far more likely to survive and/or avoid serious injury than those who do not. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that serious crash-related injuries or deaths could be reduced by 50% if everyone wore their seat belts. Even on a short drive or when driving familiar routes, seat belts should always be worn; no one knows when they may be involved in an unusual accident.
Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm urge everyone to wear their safety belts and urge everyone to be safe behind the wheel. If you start to feel sick or otherwise incapacitated behind the wheel, do your best to stop and pull over as quickly (and safely) as possible. Hopefully, nothing like the above will happen, but education and preparation can come in handy if the unexpected happens.
Whether it’s wrongful death, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, or other types of catastrophic injuries, personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm may be able to help. With their experience and aggression, they will fight to make sure you receive every penny you are entitled to. If you have been injured in Missouri, Illinois, or Kentucky, contact Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm today at 1.800.685.3302 for a free consultation today.