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Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 45
Posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

This incident took place in Kansas City, Missouri monday night american time. 18 year old Joe R. Thompson was driving his Jeep when a car suddenly pulled infront of him. He clipped (?) the other car and lost control of his vehicle which rolled 5 times according to eyewitnesses.

The roof of the Jeep was ripped off and Thompson, who wasn't wearing his seatbelt, was thrown from the car. 10 m in the air, heading for certain death, he got his foot tangled into some powerlines, and eventually managed to get a good grip on the three powerlines.

After 20 minutes both the rescue team and the drivers father had arrived on the scene.

Apart from a few scratches and cuts, Thompson suffered no serious injuries.


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
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User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

He is one very lucky guy!!

Søren Augustesen

User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

First of all, let me tell you that this is one of the reasons I do not like cabrios or soft-top cars.
Second, for sure everyone shloud always fast seat-belt.
Third, I ALWAYS do wear mine.


In this case, he was lucky not to wear his belt. If, as Thom@s wrote, the roof was ripped off, should he have fastened his belt, he would have been seriously injured (or killed) by his own car.
But this is one among one thousand, the other 999 are saved by the belt.

Best turbulences.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8893 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

Seems like he doesn't do that automatic grip at the thing to your left/right. I can't even imagine not to wear a seatbelt; I'd just feel too uncomfortable.

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

Turbulence, have a look at the Jeep in the picture - even though it rolled five times, the passenger cabin is still intact, not crushed or even seriously intruded into. If the guy HAD stayed belted in the car, he would most likely not have been injured, being protected by the rollbar above his head and the integrity of the steel safety cage around the passenger cabin. So, it is better to wear a seatbelt in all cases, and this guy should have been wearing his, no question.

I even wear my seatbelt when I drive up the parking lot of my apartment complex to the mailbox; it's just the safest thing to do. You never know when someone who's not paying attention might pull out in front of you, in a parking lot or anywhere else.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40262 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

This guy is lucky but it's hard not to laugh at this photo.

Did this picture make the front page of his school newspaper?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
He dosen't look so tough tangled up in those wires.

If you take a close look at the doorand hood, it is pretty banged up.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2060 times:


Yes, you're right, the rollbar is in its position, or at least IT SEEMS to be, but the right door is damaged and we cannot see, from the pic, the driver's one.
I Insist that I always fasten my seatbelt and that this is the safest and most logical thing to do ALWAYS fo everyone, but I still think that in this particular case he was lucky not wearing it. Anyhow, I wonder what was his speed for being thrown 10 m. high, or if it was not published on the fools day edition of a local newspaper...

Take care and ALWAYS fasten your seatbelts, in a car and in an airplane.

Best turbulences

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

I have never heard of anything like that! Wow! You're right Turbulence- ALWAYS fasten your seatbelt. I'm not sure what the statistics are, but I'm sure that if someone gets in a wreck not wearing a seatbelt they almost always die... such a simple way of saving lives that only takes two seconds every time you get in and out of the car. *Sigh*

BMW - The Ultimate Driving Machine
User currently offlineD-AIGW From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

A little off-topic from the seatbelt:

That picture pretty much clearly illustrates that it is perfectly safe to dangle from a charged power line, provided that the person is not grounded (or earthed --- connected to earth). All contacts between the powerline and the person are at equal potentials and so no current flows through the person...

sorry for interrupting...

User currently offlineSaxman66 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

This is why American should not drive and fly or take the train. Even a bus goes on the roads and is more likely to have a serious accident. I'm flat out scared to ride in a car sometimes. I just remind myself it could be my last trip so i'll drive very carefullly. Wear your seat belts!!


Ride Amtrak!
User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

This is one lucky guy.

While everyone should ALWAYS wear their seatbelt, it is not uncommon to hear stories like this. There was one a few years back, some teenagers were horsing around, and lost control of their car going about 70 around a turn. The car hit a telephone pole sideways and broke in half. One poor kid wasn't wearing his seatbelt and was tossed 80' from the wreakage.

He was the only surrvivor. Everyone else was killed on impact, the sudden deceleration was just too much.

In Highschool a friend of mine rolled his Chrysler LeBaron convertable when the road turned to gravel when he was doing 80. As Superfly knows, these cars did not have roll bars. All 3 were thrown from the car. Worst injury was a broken collar bone. The car came to a rest upsidedown and burned. Had they not been thrown from the car, they would have been killed, no doubt about it.

Always wear your seatbelt though. If you'll notice, all these stories involve one thing- kids going too fast for conditons!


Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Yeah, of course the moral of the story is that you should always be careful when driving.

Especially if you haven't had an accident for a while and you start driving a little faster, because you think you are invincible...

There are accidents where not wearing a seatbelt saves lives, but those accidents are vastly outnumbered by those accidents where wearing a seatbelt has saved lives. Its a battle of odds and the odds are that if you are wearing your seatbelt it will save you in an accident rather than kill you.



User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1916 times:


Your safety belt is the single most important safety feature on your car. Not wearing one is an invitation for death or serious injury.

The penalties in my state for not wearing a seatbelt are quite severe (New South Wales Australia) - if you are driving a vehicle and one of the occupants is unbelted you and the unbelted person will both receive a stiff fine. You are allowed to leave your seatbelt off if your reversing.

People such as Limo drivers and taxi drivers are exempt.

Even our long distance coaches are fitted with seat belts.

And *always* stay buckled up on a plane, CAT is nasty and can come from nowhere.

Interesting notes about rollovers in convertibles, my MX5's roof is able to withstand a roll over, and with the roof down the windshield is both high enough and strong enough withstand one as well.



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