hear a lot about the dangers of drinking while driving and texting
while driving, but little about another cause of accidents when a driver
is impaired -- sneezing while driving. Last week, 30-year-old mother Laura McClendon was killed
and her 1-year-old son was left injured and motherless after another
driver crossed the median line and ran into Laura -- because, she says,
she was having a sneezing attack.
Friends are "trying to wrap [their] heads around" what happened to Laura. They say that she was "just getting her act together as a single mom" and had taken a new job and was doing well in her career when tragedy struck. Unfortunately, Laura wasn't wearing a seatbelt, which could have saved her life. Her son survived but is in serious condition in the hospital -- and, of course, lost his mother at a horribly young age.
Police say they are looking into whether there could have been another cause for the accident -- such as texting -- and the driver, 44-year-old Kathryn Brady, was charged with careless and imprudent driving. She also had no insurance.
Believe it or not, cops say that deadly sneezing car accidents aren't that uncommon. Last year, a man in Maryland says he began sneezing and ran off the road into a tree. His passenger died. In England, a man rammed into the back of another car and killed the driver. He also said he'd been sneezing. One study even says that people with a cold drive 50 percent worse than healthy drivers.
Sneezing attacks can come on all of a sudden, but it's imperative if you begin to feel one coming in that you slow down the car and begin to move towards the breakdown lane so you don't veer into traffic. And, of course, everyone should wear seatbelts.
This is really one of those random freak accidents that makes you never want to leave your house again. But, since we can't do that, it's best to take as many precautions as you can.
Do you ever sneeze while driving?
by VintageWifeNovember 20, 2012 at 1:15 AM
I have sneezing attacks too and pull over as soon as I can.
by IhartUNovember 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM
I don't drive but I do have huge sneezing attacks- like 15 to 20 sneezes in a row, and when that's going on, there is no way you can see, hear or even concentrate on what's going on around you. I never even thought about it happening to drives- how scary!
November 20, 2012 at 9:52 AMOnly when my allergies are kicking my butt or I have a bad cold...how sad.
by Mrs.PedroNovember 20, 2012 at 10:01 AMI don't get sneezing attacks thankfully, but my sister had them until her early-mid twenties. She'd have like 14 sneezes all at one time. Once she and I were in my dad's truck driving back home on his drive way. We got about 20 feet from the porch(right in front of the driveway), and she had an attack. She tried to hit the brakes but accidentally hit the accelerator... She ended up knocking his mobile home a couple inches off the cinder block foundation it was on and putting a decent dent in the bumper. Thankfully there wasn't really any other damage.
by HTMommyNovember 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM
I rarely sneeze actually. I just get congested to where I can't breathe
by merryvoiceNovember 21, 2012 at 2:53 AMThis is one of the weirdest things I've ever heard. I sneeze while driving sometimes and never veered off-course but I guess some people have really bad sneezing fits.
by Reese2010727November 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
That's so sad. I believe that the most I have sneezed while driving is 3 times and that scared the life out of me.