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post #21 of 62
I think seat belts work, I just don't think they are a GUARANTEE that you will survive. Just like when people say, "Well, so and so breastfed and her son got a cold last week." Being breastfed doesn't mean you are a superhuman and neither does wearing a seat belt. KWIM?
post #22 of 62
My mother might not be alive today if she hadn't been wearing her seatbelt when a 17yo kid drove his SUV into my parents' compact car. My Dad wasn't wearing his seatbelt at the time- his injuries were less severe than hers, but that had a lot to do with the angle of the impact- he might not have been hospitalized at all had his seatbelt been on.

Ever since then, he's been wearing his seatbelt faithfully. (Well, he couldn't during recovery when he couldn't bend his casted leg, and had to sprawl across the entire back seat to go visit Mom in the hospital, but after that he's always worn it.)
post #23 of 62
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Originally Posted by Pynki View Post
They do save lives, but in really really bad accidents, they just help the rescue team find the bodies.

My dad was an EMT for 15 years. That was his take on it. He'd seen plenty of accidents. Some he had to drink when he got home. I agree with my dad. They DO save lives, but sometimes, they just makeit easier to find the bodies.
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As a former EMT. They more often than not do their jobs. Nothing in life is 100% and there are always freak occurences. You can't predict which one you will end up on, so seeing how wearing a seat belt doesn't hurt you, it's best not to take the risk.
post #24 of 62
If they hold.: I was in a wreck last week wearing one and I'm pretty sure it malfunctioned. Half my scalp got peeled off so either I hit the glass or the roof. Maybe I got hit in such a way that it didn't lock up the way it was supposed to. I wouldn't drive without one though.
post #25 of 62
One of the biggest mistakes people make with seatbelts is not putting them on properly.

THey are not going to be as effective unless you cinch the lap belt portion and pull the shoulder belt back. The lap belt needs to be low and tight on your hips/thighs. It shouldn't be resting loosely. Just clicking the seatbelt isn't enough in most cases, you need to adjust it after the fact.
post #26 of 62
If my DH was wearing a seatbelt when he had his car accident there is no doubt in my mind he would be alive right now the awful thing is I never saw him NOT wear his seatbelt EVER. not once. it just takes one time..
post #27 of 62
I think seat belts work.

I know that there are freak accidents like the one the OP described, but I think overall on average they save more lives than not.

Often times, I think about something horrible happening where I wouldn't be able to unbuckle myself in time. Or if I landed in water, would I be able to get my kids out of their carseats before they drowned? I believe, though, that there are emergency kits that you could keep in your car that contain a cutter for seatbelts and a glass breaker. Since a pair of scissors would be difficult to cut seatbelts with and automotive glass is hard to break through if you don't do it correctly.
post #28 of 62
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
If my DH was wearing a seatbelt when he had his car accident there is no doubt in my mind he would be alive right now the awful thing is I never saw him NOT wear his seatbelt EVER. not once. it just takes one time..
i am so sorry
post #29 of 62
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If my DH was wearing a seatbelt when he had his car accident there is no doubt in my mind he would be alive right now the awful thing is I never saw him NOT wear his seatbelt EVER. not once. it just takes one time..
Awww.... mama
post #30 of 62
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If my DH was wearing a seatbelt when he had his car accident there is no doubt in my mind he would be alive right now the awful thing is I never saw him NOT wear his seatbelt EVER. not once. it just takes one time..
I have known at least 3 people that has happened to.

I'm so sorry.

post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
If my DH was wearing a seatbelt when he had his car accident there is no doubt in my mind he would be alive right now the awful thing is I never saw him NOT wear his seatbelt EVER. not once. it just takes one time..
Oh Mama
post #32 of 62
oh I didn't mean to be all dramatic. but thanks mamas. just something to think about is all! :

my DH accident wasn't very serious actually (as in damage to the car or whatever-the air bag didn't even deploy and I think the towing did more damage to the car than the actual accident) the police suspect the rear tire blew out but no one knows for sure as it happened in the middle of the night and there was no witnesses.. he hit his head on the rear view mirror and passed out in a position that basically suffocated him by not allowing his lungs to breathe (positional asphyxia). if he had his seatbelt on he would have stayed upright and likely lived. very freak accident. I drive the car still and make sure to ALWAYS wear that seatbelt!
post #33 of 62
btw I had a good friend in my high school drown because her seatbelt was stuck and she could not get out and her passenger could not get her out. (she went off an icy bridge into a fairly sizeable stream) she died a week later due to complications of the drowning. another freak accident. I still wear my seatbelt.

driving is dangerous period.
post #34 of 62
Just to play devil's advocate (because truth is, I'm a seatbelt fascist...), one big difference between "scientific evidence" vs. "anecdotes" is that none of us performed the data collection and evaluation. It's certainly well known that "scientific evidence" is often as airtight as a sieve. It's manipulated, sometimes made up whole-cloth. "Scientific evidence" tells us that vaccinations save lives, that circumcision helps prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and that there's no difference between organic and conventional food. But here on MDC, almost everyone believes differently on at least one if not all three of those topics. So, I don't think that questioning anything presented to us as "scientific evidence" is uncalled for.
post #35 of 62
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Originally Posted by tboroson View Post
Just to play devil's advocate (because truth is, I'm a seatbelt fascist...), one big difference between "scientific evidence" vs. "anecdotes" is that none of us performed the data collection and evaluation. It's certainly well known that "scientific evidence" is often as airtight as a sieve. It's manipulated, sometimes made up whole-cloth. "Scientific evidence" tells us that vaccinations save lives, that circumcision helps prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and that there's no difference between organic and conventional food. But here on MDC, almost everyone believes differently on at least one if not all three of those topics. So, I don't think that questioning anything presented to us as "scientific evidence" is uncalled for.
The scientific evidence just confirms what physics and common sense and experience has already told us - that uncontrolled deceleration of the human body is far more harmful than controlled deceleration.
post #36 of 62
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
If my DH was wearing a seatbelt when he had his car accident there is no doubt in my mind he would be alive right now the awful thing is I never saw him NOT wear his seatbelt EVER. not once. it just takes one time..
I don't have enough hugs for you.
post #37 of 62
I think that seatbelts work -- meaning they prevent and reduce the severity of many injuries -- but I also think that restraint systems in vehicles could and should work better. I don't understand why we are still relying on what is at least 30 year old technology for safety when it's clear that seatbelts do not suffice for some pretty broad segments of society (small adults, children, extra large adults, etc.).
post #38 of 62
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Originally Posted by siennasmom View Post
My opinion is that basic physics isn't really a matter of opinion.

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post #39 of 62
we carry one of these in our car just in case
https://www.evaq8.co.uk/merchantmana...3f81beb536d205

It fastens into the carpet of the car, it took us a while to find somewhere where both DH and I could reach it with our seatbelt on. Of course it could become another projectile in a crash but I think I prefer having it anyway.
post #40 of 62
Wearing his seatbelt saved my brother's life on two separate occasions.

The first time, he was in high school - 14? I think...a friend of his was 16 and had just gotten a car; she was giving him a ride to school, hit a patch of ice and didn't know what to do - she kept pressing the gas even though the tires were spinning. They grabbed traction, and the car shot out into the middle of traffic, causing a 7 car pile up. My brother was in the ICU for three weeks after the accident.

The 2nd time, we were at my best friend's 21st birthday party, and another friend wanted us to go pick him up because he didn't know how to get to my friend's house. I handed my brother my car keys, cause he had "only" had 2 or 3 beers, while I'd been matching my best friend shot-for-shot all night, including during the traditional "21 shots on your 21st birthday". He was going down an unlit country road, says he saw a dog in the road, and swerved to avoid it - ended up driving down into a ravine about 20-30 feet deep. My car was totaled. : Fortunately, it had the automatic shoulder harness that's attached to the door, and dinged really obnoxiously if you ever unhooked it. He wasn't wearing the lap belt.
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