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Allergies and motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2018 | blog

Auto collisions can be caused by many different factors, but people may forget about some of the risks that are mentioned less frequently. For example, those who struggle with seasonal allergies (caused by tree pollen, ragweed, and so on) could be more likely to cause an accident while driving. Sometimes, allergies can flare up and cause someone who suffers with this condition to drive erratically. Moreover, medicines that are taken to address allergies can also cause a driver to become drowsy behind the wheel, which is incredibly dangerous.

Sometimes, those who struggle with seasonal allergies ignore their symptoms and try to push on. For example, they may need to get to work or handle other responsibilities and they may feel as if they have no choice but to drive, regardless of the symptoms they are experiencing. Unfortunately, their ability to abide by traffic safety rules may be adversely affected by the symptoms they are struggling with, such as sneezing, headaches and nasal drip. A driver may reach for a tissue while driving, causing them to take their eyes off the road for a couple of seconds and cause a motor vehicle collision. Moreover, a driver who is constantly sneezing may struggle to focus on the road as well.

Sadly, these accidents can result in many different challenges, from the loss of life to injuries that create lasting hardships. If you struggle with allergies, you should be aware of these different issues and avoid getting behind the wheel if your driving will be affected by an allergy flare-up.