BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’re an attentive driver cruising down the road, crossing through intersections and changing lanes then, suddenly, you feel that tingle. You start to panic and try to hold it – but it’s no use. You just hope you don’t get in an accident.
Achoo! It’s a sneeze – and it takes your eyes off the road. Most of us have been in this situation and drove away without incident but some can blame their car crash on a sneeze.
According to a study conducted by Olbas Max Strength cold and flu treatment, more than two million drivers have crashed during or just after a sneeze.
A Buffalo car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says driving is one of the most dangerous times to sneeze.
“When your vehicle is in motion, it can be considered a deadly weapon so it’s important to focus on the road at all times,” Steve Barnes a Buffalo car accident attorney said. “If you feel a sneeze coming, the safest thing to do is to pull over and stop.”
Study researchers estimated that 7 percent of sneezing drivers will get it in an accident as a result of their involuntary reaction.
Many people admit to sneezing several times in succession. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the longest sneezing fit lasted for 978 days (more than 2.5 years!).
Buffalo car accident attorneys say anytime a driver is distracted from the road, the chances of an accident occurring greatly increase.
“Even if your eyes are focused on the road, your mind might be somewhere else – and that can be considered a distraction,” Barnes said. “Your actions – whether it’s texting or just a sneeze – can put people’s lives at risk so it’s important to make a plan for yourself and think about what you’re going to do the next time you feel a sneeze coming while you’re behind the wheel.”
Do you know someone who sneezes a lot? (Of course you do.) Share this information with them – it could prevent an accident.