Thom@s
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Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Wed Jan 29, 2003 7:15 pm

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.



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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Wed Jan 29, 2003 9:05 pm


He is one very lucky guy!!

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Wed Jan 29, 2003 9:29 pm

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.

BUT:

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.

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Wed Jan 29, 2003 10:40 pm

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.
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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Wed Jan 29, 2003 11:10 pm

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.
 
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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Thu Jan 30, 2003 2:46 am

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.


Ilyushin96M:
If you take a close look at the doorand hood, it is pretty banged up.
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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Thu Jan 30, 2003 7:40 pm

Ilyushin96M:

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.

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:07 pm

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*

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:50 pm

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...
 
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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Fri Jan 31, 2003 4:12 am

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!!

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Fri Jan 31, 2003 4:32 am

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!

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Sat Feb 01, 2003 10:31 am

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.

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RE: Wear Your Seatbelt, Take It From This Guy.

Sat Feb 01, 2003 1:44 pm

Guys,

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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