Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Eating While Driving" Accidents...Ten Reasons Why We'll Never Run Out Of Business

A little Friday irreverance is in order.

Insurance.com recently posted "The Top Ten Most Dangerous Foods To Eat While Driving." The list of "dangerous foods" struck me as both bizarre and arbitrary. Coming in at No 2 was "hot soup." Seriously--who eats hot soup while driving ("Hold on dear, let me chug this vegetable soup before I make this lane change")? No 4 was "chili dogs." Not hot dogs with mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, or any other combination of 36 condiments you can pile on a dog.

No. 6 was "barbequed foods." Some may ask the same question I raised about hot soup--who in their right mind would eat ribs or wings while driving? I can honestly report that, a few years ago while on a family vacation, we actually witnessed "wings dude" eating wings and licking his fingers and driving down I-77. Hilarious, but not a pretty sight.

Failing to make the top ten list, but with a strong showing nonetheless, were:
Spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna
Boiling hot baked potatoes
3 layer cakes
Moo Goo Gai Pan (worse with chopsticks)
Banana splits
Any standard 4 or more toppings pizza
Beef stew
Anything made--er--pulvarized in a crock pot
Open faced sandwiches with gravy
Grape Nuts cereal (ever try to get through a bowl--hope you're going on at least a 2 hour drive).

(OK, I made up the second list). Given all the cellphone usage and texting while driving, I'm sure it won't be long until I see someone driving while texting and eating spaghetti and meatballs and washing it down with piping hot coffee.

Now you know why we personal injury attorneys will never be out of work, despite all The Chamber Of Commerces' ad campaigns targeted to put us all out of business. You just can't account for or legislate away a lack of common sense or human idiocy...

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