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Seasonal allergies and the likelihood of a crash

So many different factors play a role in the prevalence of motor vehicle crashes, from those who drive during poor weather conditions (icy roads or snow, etc.) to reckless drivers who choose to get behind the wheel when they are intoxicated. With that said, there are other factors that contribute to traffic wrecks and may be overlooked by some drivers. For example, those who suffer from seasonal allergies may be more likely to cause a collision during certain times of the year.

When pollen counts are high, those with seasonal allergies may develop a number of symptoms that can interfere with their driving abilities. For example, a driver’s vision may be adversely affected by pollen, or they could have problems with sneezing and itching their eyes. Severe headaches and reaching for tissues can also increase the chances of a driver being distracted. In fact, allergies can interfere with a person’s ability to sleep at night, which can result in driver fatigue, a dangerous risk factor that is responsible for many motor vehicle collisions.

Aside from these concerns, allergy sufferers may take certain medications which cause them to become drowsy and cause a collision. Ultimately, there are many different reasons why allergies can be dangerous, even though some people may not take seasonal allergies seriously when it comes to auto accident causes.

If you were hit by someone who was suffering from allergies, you may face all sorts of challenges. Click on our link to the accident section of our site for more about traffic wrecks.

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