And put the damned phone down. Nobody’s coming in time to save you.
Speaking of dumb ways to die, the Reluctant Paladin brings us a classic.
The driver stayed on the phone with her husband for a bit after the car hit the water and began to sink. The car had manual crank windows. Reports are that she was in a panic state. After she hung up with her husband, she then called 911 and spoke to an emergency services operator. All while the car is continuing to sink into the water while she’s freaking out.
What struck me about this story is that, even after losing control of the car and ending in the drink, the woman and her kid were unhurt and in no serious immediate danger of anything but getting wet. The accident didn’t kill them. The water didn’t kill them. Panic killed them. And maybe overdependence on a telephone.