It’s official: the first Volt to be binned was taken out by a 2005 Ford Explorer, whose driver was “distracted while reaching for a cell phone”. The 24 year old woman behind the wheel of the Explorer hit the Volt from behind at speed, which resulted in minor injuries to her 2 year old son when his safety seat failed. No injuries were reported to either driver involved in the incident, which occurred in Linden, Michigan. Since Volts have gone on sale in Michigan, it isn’t known if the Volt driver purchased the car or was driving a loaner vehicle. It also wasn’t clear if the driver of the Explorer was ticketed for the accident, but let me go on record as saying, “I sure as hell hope so.”
I shouldn’t have to remind you of this, but I’ve seen too many accidents caused by this same thing in the past two months. If you’re driving and you drop your cell phone, pull over before you try to pick it up. Better yet, leave the phone in your pocket and drive; if you have to take calls behind the wheel, use a Bluetooth speaker or an earpiece. What call could you possibly need to make behind the wheel that’s worth endangering your 2 year old son’s life, or worth doubling your insurance rates, or worth facing criminal charges? Trust me, your dealer isn’t going to run out of party favors before you get home, and you should have called your probation office before you left the house. Pulling over to search for a dropped cell phone or make a call only takes a few seconds, and it may just save a life.