Weird Causes of Car Accidents

You’re almost certainly familiar with some of the most common causes of car accidents. These include drunk driving, distracted driving, and driving while impaired by drugs. Speeding and other types of reckless driving are other common causes. However, there are quite a few weird causes of car accidents that might be enough to give an insurance adjuster a headache.

Nasal Discharge

When you sneeze, your eyes automatically close. This is obviously problematic when you’re behind the wheel of a car, and especially so when you’re traveling at high speeds. Closing your eyes for just a second or two when you’re going 60 mph can mean traveling about 50 feet blind. It’s not unheard of for sneezes to cause car accidents. In Australia, a 79-year-old woman sneezed immediately prior to her rollover accident. She informed emergency responders that the sneeze caused the crash before she died. And in Indianapolis, a semi-truck driver sneezed and reached for a tissue, causing a fiery collision.

Lack of Oxygen

If your brain doesn’t receive oxygen, you will faint. A teenager in Oregon learned this the hard way when he passed out behind the wheel of his car, causing a three-car collision. Apparently, he had been holding his breath while driving through a tunnel. There was no official word on why the teen decided to do this, but it may have been a game or superstition.

Unexpected Sights

Sometimes, car crashes are caused by drivers gawking at billboards or other sights. In other cases, the sight of a family member is enough to make a driver lose control. In New Jersey, a 13-year-old boy stole the family Camry and went for a joy ride. When he saw his mother driving in the opposite lane, the boy became distracted. The joy ride ended when the boy drove into a tree. Fortunately, the crash was not fatal.

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