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Sneezing fit blamed for bizarre truck accident in California

There are so many little details and nuances that go into the trucking industry; from basic operations to driver competence, there are hundreds of things that need to be followed or obeyed to ensure the safe transport of goods from pointA to point B. The drivers need to be properly trained, and they have to obtain a valid commercial driver’s license; the company needs to comply with local and federal mandates; and in general, all parties involved need to think about safety ahead of profit margin.

No one would think that a simple sneezing fit could make all of these things irrelevant.

San Leandro, California was the scene of a bizarre trucking accident, where a trucker said he suffered a severe string of sneezes. Driving around 30 miles per hour, the driver crashed into a car dealership after the sneezing fit disoriented the driver. He crashed into a dozen or so cars, and no one was hurt in the accident.

But this still raises some questions. A sneezing attack certainly sounds like a convenient excuse for a driver who has just caused a major accident — however, the truck driver was not cited for the accident, nor did investigators claim anything nefarious was afoot.

Still, a sneezing attack is not an acceptable excuse for causing an accident. In fact, it isn’t an excuse at all. If you were involved with a minor wreck with another person, and they said to you “sorry, I just coughed a little and that’s why I hit your bumper,” you wouldn’t just accept that as a viable response, right?

There could still be liability concerns for the trucker and his company. What is the accident history of the driver? What about the company? Do they have a poor track record? These things can come into play with any truck accident; but they seem especially important in this case.

Source: Associated Press, “Truck accident nothing to sneeze at,” Nov. 29, 2012

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