Originally Posted by holly6737
On the news today there was a story about a local teenager who died in a car crash last night- they hit a tree. He was wearing a seat belt and was killed. His passenger wasn't wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. He lived.
This exact scenario happened my Jr. year of high school. It was so very difficult to deal with. My friend, the survivor, had to undergo a lot of grief counseling.
Back in 1961, my grandfather had seat belts installed in his car because he and my aunt were going to be driving to Manhattan to visit family. Seat belts saved their lives. On the way home, my grandfather fell asleep at the wheel and drove off of a bridge. He was in critical condition and everything that could be put in a cast was in a cast. He spent weeks in the hospital. My aunt, miraculously, only had minor bruises. Had they not been wearing seat belts, the would have both died in the accident.
I personally, feel naked without a seatbelt when in the front seat of a car, though I rarely wear one in the back seat.