At a McDonald's drive-thru branch in Vencouver, British Columbia, a man was killed by being crushed by his own car's door that had happened around 5:30 a.m. According to the management's suveillance video, while the man was paying for his order at his car window, he reached something as to be found out by the police as his bank card. While he opened the car window and leaned out to get them, his vehicle rolled forward that resulted in him hitting what the police report called "a structural piece of the restaurant".
From previous months, a report where a man from Las Vegas was dead on the spot because of a car crashed into the dining room and hit multiple diners. This fatal accident happened at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in St. George, Utah that has resulted in 4 injured unknown persons that were taken immediately by ambulance to the nearest local hospital, one out of those four who was taken by ambulance died from his injuries and the dead victim was identified as Antonio Mendoza. As for the driver, his name was not released because the accident was still under investigation.
From all of the investigations, the common factor of these incidents was distracted driving. Distracted driving is an illegal practice of driving where drivers engage in other activities more than driving and taking away their attention as well as their vision from the road. The said distracted are proven by years of thousands of accidents occurred caused by the apparent cause of driving that threatens the safety of the driver, occupants as well as the other road users.
Prevalence of Distracted Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day there are 9 killed people and more than 1,000 people are injured caused by or related to distracted driving. These are some activities or doing while driving a car considered as distracted driving:
- Using phone for texting or making a call
- Interacting with car's feature such as radio and aircon
- Talking or interacting with the occupant
- Eating or changing clothes
Drive-thru restaurants Accident Frequency Rate
- Arby's - 0-2 vehicles involved (80.0), 3-5 vehicles (19.4), 6 or more ( 0.6)
- Burger King - 0-2 vehicles involved (87.3), 3-5 vehicles (12.1), 6 or more ( 0.6)
- Carl's Jr. - 0-2 vehicles involved (90.1), 3-5 vehicles (9.9), 6 or more ( 0.0)
- Chick-fil-A - 0-2 vehicles involved (28.1), 3-5 vehicles (33.0), 6 or more ( 38.9)
- Dunkin Donuts - 0-2 vehicles involved (90.2), 3-5 vehicles (9.8), 6 or more ( 0.0)
- Hardee's - 0-2 vehicles involved (87.4), 3-5 vehicles (12.6), 6 or more ( 0.0)
- KFC - 0-2 vehicles involved (84.0), 3-5 vehicles (16.0), 6 or more ( 0.0)
- McDonald's - 0-2 vehicles involved (47.6), 3-5 vehicles (40.5), 6 or more ( 11.9)
- Taco Bell - 0-2 vehicles involved (81.1), 3-5 vehicles (16.5), 6 or more ( 2.4)
- Wendy's - 0-2 vehicles involved (70.3), 3-5 vehicles (27.9), 6 or more ( 1.8)
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