A driver injured in an auto accident on Tuesday is blaming a wasp for the accident. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 68-year-old Yong Wheatley was operating a pickup truck on Highway 52 traveling west, when she crashed the vehicle in Miller County, Missouri. Wheatley claims she was distracted by a wasp in the vehicle, and when she attempted to swat it away, she lost control of the truck. The truck veered into the opposite lane, left the roadway on the left-hand side, and collided with a mailbox at approximately 10:12 a.m. Wheatley was moderately injured in the accident and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. It is unknown if she received any citations for the crash and the status of her injuries.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents that results in thousands of injuries and fatalities. There has been an increase in distracted driving over the past several years, and officials blame advances in technology. Cellphones are one of the most innovative advances in technology, increasing communication and simplifying many tasks. Unfortunately, using a cellphone while operating a vehicle can be hazardous and lead to a serious auto accident. Lawmakers have enhanced laws requiring hands-free use while driving, but unfortunately, thousands of drivers disobey these rules. If a distracted driver has caused your auto accident, it is important to contact a skilled St. Louis car accident lawyer.
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