Airbags and seatbelts...

United States
October 30, 2009 11:51am CST
Are they effective? I have heard so many stories on either side about saving lives and taking lives. What do you think, are they effective? Do you have any personal experience with either side of this?
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
30 Oct 09
As a matter of fact I have! I went thru 60 yrs on the planet and was never injured in a wreck, last year a drunk gal rear ended the vehicle I was in, I was in the passenger seat and had my seat belt on! When she hit she was going 65mph, we were just leaving a stop light that had just turned green and going very slow, the impact thru me forward and the seat belt caught me and then thru me back into the seat! I had 7 compressed vertebrae and the belt tore my rotator cuff at my shoulder. She had 50k insurance and just the back repair ate that up! There's no money left to repair my shoulder they want 65k for this? I've been suffering for over a year now while my attorneys try to get me the cash for this repair! tdemex
• Australia
30 Oct 09
Firstly, I sure hope something can be done to repair your shoulder. Is the back OK or do you still suffer from that as well? Have you any idea what sort of damage would have occurred if the seat belt had not been worn? I presume you would have been thrown through the windscreen? and?
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• United States
31 Oct 09
Wow, sorry to hear that tdemex. I hope things work out for you. The driver is not responsible for your medical bills? Even with the drunk driving. That is terrible. I am sending you some positive thoughts to find the means to take care of your injuries. Sounds like it was not the seatbelt that caused the accident. More like a selfish women who should not have been driving a vehicle. 65K? Wow that is a lot of money. Just curious, are you for or against government sponsored health care?
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
31 Oct 09
LOL! If Canada can do it and every other top world nation we should have led the way on this 40 years ago! Don't get me started! T-----
• United States
30 Oct 09
Hi Jodylee_04530, I do believe that they are effective, statistically, however as I am sure you have heard there are those cases where the seatbelt or airbag may have done more damage than good. That is not the case for me. From personal experience I have been in accidents involving various inanimate and unmoveable objects, while my car decided to see if it could move it (facetiously stated). All three times my airbag deployed and all three times, the conclusion was that I would have been more seriously injured had I not had a seatbelt on and did not have airbags in my car. The accidents did not involve anyone else (thank goodness). The very last one, I was hospitalized for 3 days. Nothing broken but from the airbag and my face colliding, I managed to blacken both eyes and had an egg size lump on my forehead. The injuries surely looked much much worse than they were. But I was lucky so the EMTs and the doctors tell me. So I am on the side of wearing seatbelts and having airbags in a vehicle (not that I am expecting any more accidents!)
• United States
31 Oct 09
Bad things come in threes right? I imagine after that you will not have any more accidents. What a relief not to have too serious of injuries in those accidents.
• United States
31 Oct 09
Well it helps that I take public transportation now as well (smile). I believe if things come in threes, I have used my allotted three for vehicular accidents.
• United States
31 Oct 09
Do you have a good public transportation system where you live? I wish we did here. We have a trolley that takes people around town for tours and we have a community transportation company that only helps people on medicaid. I wish I had more options but it really does not like it is going to change anytime soon.