A man in Aurora, Colorado, got run over by his own car after he jumped out of the vehicle to protect himself from a lit cigarette he had dropped on his coat.
The incident took place on Sunday morning when the unidentified man was taking his van out of the driveway. The cigarette fell out of his hand and landed on his jacket. Expecting to get burned, he exited the vehicle but forgot to pull the handbrakes in the heat of the moment. The van – which was still in full motion – knocked him to the ground and its tire rolled over his head.
The unfortunate incident caused critical injuries and the driver is being treated at a local hospital, but is expected to recover, according to police.
It just goes to show how important it is to block out any distractions and focus solely on the vehicle while driving. Distracted driving is a major urban menace and leads to thousands of avoidable accidents each year. In 2012, it cost 3,328 Americans their lives.
According to an estimate by CDC, more than 1,153 people are injured every day in road accidents at the center of which is a distracted driver. But despite all kinds of injuries and fatalities, drivers in the U.S. continue to indulge in activities that take their focus off of driving.
Had the man not been smoking, he wouldn't have had his head rolled over by a van. That's enough of a reason to snuff the cigarette behind the wheel.