Seatbelts really do save lives

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    Nov 11, 2007 1:38 PM GMT
    I don't even know why I'm posting this. I guess I just need somewhere to unload.

    There was no alcohol, drugs, speeding or anything else illegal involved. I was simply driving on a two-lane highway at night that I had never been on before, and lost sight of where the road was because the lack of painted lines and street lights.

    Going 60 MPH, the side of my Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into a guard rail, spun around 180 degrees and then proceeded to roll over more than five (we lost count) times before coming to a stop upside down.

    Me, my boyfriend and our friend Megan all climbed out through the (now much, much smaller, and completely smashed) windows. Bloodied, scraped and bruised, we all walked away with the worst injury being the 20 stitches my boyfriend (of four years) needed on his arm.

    If I had the pictures the police took (I hope to soon), I would post them to emphasize the miracle that this was. As we were rolling and rolling and rolling, all I could think was "I just killed my boyfriend and our friend." Words won't ever be able to describe the terror that I felt; nor that happiness that I feel now knowing that we are all alive and (while very, very sore) well.

    My next vehicle will definitely be a Jeep.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 11, 2007 3:23 PM GMT
    I'm glad you all made it out with no major injuries.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 11, 2007 3:50 PM GMT
    Jayboy, glad to hear you and your bf and friend made it out without serious injuries.

    I assume based on the title of your post, you credit seatbelts as one major factor in coming through the accident with limited harm.

    In Kansas (as I assume in most states), seatbelts are
    legally required when operating a vehicle. I always wear them without fail. It should be one of those things that is done without thinking... its just done.

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    Nov 11, 2007 3:53 PM GMT
    113 people die a day in this country due to car crashes. Thats 1 person every 13 minutes. Excercising caution at intersections and stop lights can prevent many fatialites. Staying alert at all times off cell phones, not eating and paying attention to your speed also saves lives.

    What the car companies dont tell you- your car looks nice but dont let it woo you into a false sense of saftey. The human body can barely withstand a complete stop at 20 mph. Many people die in the 30 mph range. It so suprising to me how thats never mentioned in car commercials. The truth is on the internet though many pictures of fatal car accidents. So if your someone who has trouble slowing down or paying attention. Google search, im sure the grusome photos will help you to understand how painful your comfy car ride can become.

    I live in NYC where most take trains or buses. Cars are nice but I would rather take longer getting where I have to and avoid the potential pain/disablities. Watch out for opposing two lane roads with no dividers. One slip of the wheel from a passerby and your more than likely toast. Take another route.

    Glad u survived man hope this brings about more compassionate living understanding and a quest to do something humanitarian. That is pretty rough thinking you could be responsible for your passengers deaths. Makes me clutch my metrocard even harder.

    Car commercials suck!
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    Nov 11, 2007 3:55 PM GMT
    Good news, Jayboy!

    They'll ticket you in Iowa for not wearing a seatbelt. I won't even start a car without first putting my seatbelt on.