Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
I find those people usually trot out an anecdote about how they know someone who died from seatbelts. I just would like to see the statistics for those seatbelts have saved as even minor scraps can cause serious injury if you are not properly restrained.
I have a story about that;
My grandparents were in a car accident, a several car pile up. Both were wearing seatbelts. My grandfather, who was driving, got a sprained wrist and mild bruises.
My grandmother had a bloody nose and black eyes from banging around inside the car. But her worst injuries were from the seatbelt, which instead of being across her lap had been across her belly. She had both internal as well as external bruising.
In the emergency room, as my grandmother was being treated, Grandpa looked at her belly, swollen, discoloured and grotesque, and started to cry and said he wished that she hadn't been wearing it, since it hurt her so badly.
The doctor whipped around to him and told him to NEVER so much as THINK that ever again. He said that her injuries were from the seatbelt doing it's job, and it was obvious to any
doctor, nurse or EMT that there had been enough enough force to have thrown her through the windshield if she hadn't been wearing it, where if she hadn't been killed instantly on impact with the road (which the doctor made clear that he was sure she would have been) she'd have been mangled into a bloody pulp by the other cars.
In other words, instead of bruised, she'd be dead, and need a closed casket funeral.
Because of a seatbelt, she only was sore for a few weeks, and it took a bit over a month for the discolouration to go away. That was 20 years ago, and she has welcomed not only a few more grandchildren, but over a dozen great-grandchildren into the world, and been part of their lives.
There's no contest there