Where your seat belts out there.
http://www.local6.com/news/11548636/detail.html - Two women were critically injured Friday after a night of partying near the University of Central Florida when their vehicle was crushed and flattened in a collision with a big rig, according to authorities. However, a third passenger who was wearing a seatbelt walked away with minor abrasions.
Many years ago my car skidded off an icy road at about 30 mph and rolled down an embankment, landing upside down. I was eight months pregnant, and my two-year old was with me.
The car was totaled. The roof caved in in the middle, the axles were snapped, all the glass was broken.
We were both strapped in, and walked away without a scratch. My second son was born two months later without complications.
At the speed the car was rotating, we would have been thrown around inside the car. If we hadn't been wearing seatbelts and a car seat, I'd venture to say that at least one of the three people in that car would have sustained permanent and/or life threatening injuries.
SoP is right. Wear your seat belt even if you're going 1/4 to the convenience store (or just walk there, but that's a subject for another thread).
Edit: "even if you're going 1/4" should have been "even if you're going 1/4 MILE".
When I was stationed in Germany, my roommate & I decided to go to Koln one Saturday, despite the driving snowstorm going on. (we were young & dumb at the time)
He was driving when we hit some black ice. He said "Uh-Oh, here we go" as we skidded off the road into a farmer's field and flipped over onto the roof. We were hanging there by our seatbelts, mentally saying "oh shit oh shit", with all the junk (ice scraper, crusty french-fires, etc) that is in people's cars laying on the headliner below us.
Walked away without a scratch. I'm a big believer in belts ever since.
If anyone doubts me, check this guy out. Driving while drowsy, and unbelted.
April 7th, 2007 11:30am
"We were hanging there by our seatbelts, mentally saying 'oh shit oh shit'"
Yeah, that pretty much describes the experience.
My father has been a towie for more than 30 years. I've seen, first hand, what happens to people who don't wear seatbelts; it isn't pretty. And so far neither he nor any of his employees has attended an accident where a seatbelt injured someone (as some anti-seatbelt wearers claim happens on a regular basis).
April 7th, 2007 2:20pm
I was in a very similar black-ice accident in college. Hanging upside down from seatbelts, broken glass everywhere, roof caved in.
After squeezing out what was left of the driver's window, I remember looking at the wreck and thinking, "seatbelts and safety-glass are pretty much the best inventions ever."