, the motorist only sustained minor injuries following the collision.
While some drivers blame interference from insects (most commonly a bee or a wasp) to excuse reckless driving, the Cincinnati man’s story appears to add up. A witness who was behind the driver said he had been driving normally, until he suddenly swerved off the road and crashed into the pole.
Local police have said they are inclined to believe the man, as they have had issues with cicadas swarming their cruisers. The flying insects, part of Brood X, only emerge from the ground every 17 years, but are currently wreaking havoc across much of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
While Cicadas are usually harmless, Cincinnati Police have advised drivers to keep their windows closed until the swarms subside in late June.
Collision insurance will cover any repairs if you crash into someone else’s vehicle or, as in this case, a stationary object. It is not legally mandated anywhere in the U.S., but most drivers opt for it, and it is required by lenders if you plan to lease or finance your car.
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