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Sneezing alleged to have led to Missouri car accident

Medical conditions of all sorts can be pointed to be as being a factor in a car accident. However, regardless of what condition a driver suffered from when they caused the car accident, this may not free them from potential criminal and civil penalties. In a recent tragic case, Missouri police have pointed to a woman's sneezing fit as the reason why two cars collided.

It has been alleged that a woman driving a mini-van suffered from a violent sneezing fit, which caused her car to veer into the path of another vehicle being driven by a 30-year-old woman. The cars proceeded to hit each other head-on. The 30-year-old woman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was subsequently pronounced dead by rescue officials.

Meanwhile, the woman's 1-year-old son was transported to an area hospital. He is currently listed as being in serious condition. It is unclear whether the driver of the mini-van suffered any injuries.

As a result of their investigation, Missouri police have charged the driver of the mini-van with careless driving. Police have alleged that even though she suffered from a sneezing bout that she apparently could not control, this did not free her from her duty to operate her car in a reasonably safe manner. It is not clear when the woman will be arraigned on the charges.

The charges that Missouri police have issued against the woman may help the victim's family in their pursuit of a civil action for this car accident, should they choose to do so. By using the evidence gathered by police in their case, an argument may be presented that could show that the woman was negligent and thus responsible for the death of their loved one. This could result in the family being awarded monetary damages for damages sustained as a result of the tragedy.

Source: New York Daily News, "Sneezing fit leads to fatal Missouri car accident," Christine Roberts, Nov. 18, 2012

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