Would you rather…?

Jump off a 3 story building without a parachute or net
get run down by a 3.5 ton elephant?

Seems like a pretty absurd dilemma!  My answer?  No thanks to either one!!!

Absurd as it may seem, you’re choosing one or the other when you decide not to wear your seat belt and get in a car accident, at just 30 mph.

Wear seat belts.  Always.  All the time.  Never go without.  Even on short drives. And in the back seat.

…and always sit in the back seat if you are not driving.  The “death seat” is the passenger seat next to the driver of an automotive vehicle. It is so called because this seat is said to be the most dangerous one when there’s an accident.

S eatbelts
A re
F or
E veryone

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.   –  US CDC Injury Control

With seat belts the risk of fatal injury is reduced by 45%, and the risk of moderate to critical injury is reduced by 65%.

My husband and I lost a best friend in a car accident when he was 21 years old.  He was driving on a rural back road, lost control of his car and crashed into a stone wall.  One of the paramedics first on the scene was my father-in-law.  He said that the vehicle was “barely” damaged, and had our friend been wearing his seat belt, he would have walked away with a couple of scrapes. Instead, his head hit the windshield and he snapped his neck.

Sorry to be so morbid, but it’s another of those life lessons I learned the hard way and want to save you from.  I have not gone on any car ride since the day of my buddy’s death without buckling in.

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