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A Father Refuses To Wear A Seatbelt - Buckle Up

A father refuses to wear a seatbelt - Buckling up is among the safest decisions drivers and passengers can make. Many Americans recognize the need of wearing a seat belt; in 2021, the national use rate was 90.4 percent. But this is not the case for the parent of this Reddit user with a username u/obolikus. His or her father refuses to wear a seatbelt and a lot of other users shared the same sentiment. Read their stories below!

Reddit Users' Comments

A user named Nwcray shared, "Years ago - like 30 years ago - my uncle was in a pretty rough accident. He was ejected through the windshield and had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. He fully recovered. My favorite part of the story was that they’d pieces together that he was 1) speeding and 2) not wearing his sat belt. The cop came TO THE HOSPITAL to ticket him. I remember my uncle was beyond pissed, but his wife talked him down from fighting the tickets. He held a grudge against that for the rest of his life. The rest of us are happy that the cops didn’t just let it slide."

"My brother in law has the same habit. He was found in a ditch after being thrown clear but survived. Don't worry, he attributes his survival to being unbuckled and gets a DUI once a year. Dude is a piece of shit menace," user someguy12345689 also told this story about his brother-in-law.

A woman in floral blouse is wearing her seatbelt
A woman in floral blouse is wearing her seatbelt

A sad story from AWildGamerAppeared25, "My cousin also died after being in a car crash with no seatbelt. She flew out of the car, survived that but with huge brain damage. Lived long enough to deliver her baby (my nephew who's a few years old now) and then passed away about a year after the accident. Please wear your seatbelts, people"

e-2c9z3_x7t5i: "My father died, partly due to not wearing a seatbelt, as well. Drunk driver hit him. My father flew through the windshield. My brother, 4 at the time, resulted in being a head injury for the rest of his life. That was in 1984. My brother has paid the price of drunk drivers and my father not putting him in a seatbelt for 38 years."

Oliver_Queen_4587: "Wen I was 9 I saw someone fly out of the car like that, ever since then I have a habbit that I'll wear my seatbelt even if I'm just parking the car. My extended family is full or imbeciles, they're all older than me and they give me shit for being hell bent on safety. I have kicked out my cousins from the car if they have refused to wear seatbelt, nobody dies on my watch"

Soviet-credit-card: "When I was a young teenager (too long ago now), I wasn’t anti-seatbelts, but I definitely had a cavalier attitude about them. One of my friends was very staunchly pro-seatbelt.

One day we get in his car and he tells me to put my seatbelt on or he’s not moving. It’s his car. I grumble a bit and moan but begrudgingly put it on. We follow some other friends who are taking a girl home. A mini convoy of young, inexperienced drivers. The girl, previously distracted, yells out, “that’s my house!”, and the friend in front of us goes full anchors. We immediately crumple up into them. No major injuries, but we all got checked out by the paramedics.

I know 100% if my friend hadn’t insisted I wear my seatbelt I would have been straight through that windshield. Now I wear it every time even if I’m just going down the driveway. If anyone gets in my car, seatbelt on or I’m not moving. That friend saved my life and when I caught up with him decades later, I reminded him he’d done exactly that."

On the other hand, a lot of users are against wearing seatbelts. Read some of their comments!

Erthgoddss: "My mom was the same, until a car turned in front of her and she went through the windshield. Scalped her, shattered both femurs, one arm and all but one rib. Intensive care for weeks, in hospital for 3 months, another year of physical therapy, and finally able to walk without assist (wheelchair, then walker, then cane) after 4 years. But yeah, those damn seatbelts don’t help! Tell your dad to use his brain!"

HobbesNJ: Does he say "seatbelts kill more people than they save"? That's a common refrain amongst those who stubbornly refuse to wear them.

A coworker of ogeytheterrible is against seatbelts, "That is verbatim what my coworker says, and he's a firefighter... "Every fatal accident I've been to, they were wearing their seatbelts." Dumbass... Where Red Foreman when you need him."

A man sitting in the front seat is wearing his seatbelt
A man sitting in the front seat is wearing his seatbelt

Deaths Caused By Seat Belts

In 2019, 47 percent of the 22,215 people murdered in passenger vehicles were not wearing seat belts.

In 2017, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and may have saved an additional 2,549 lives if they had been used.

The risks of not wearing, or wearing a seat belt wrongly, are obvious:

  • Buckling up keeps you safe and secure inside your car, however failing to buckle up might result in you being ejected completely from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always fatal.
  • Air bags are insufficient to protect you; in fact, if you are not strapped up, the force of an air bag might gravely injure or even kill you.
  • Wearing a seat belt incorrectly, such as below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in the event of a collision.
  • Even the strongest man will be unable to keep themselves back from the wheel or within the cabin at speeds above 20 km/h.
  • In the case of an accident, not wearing a seatbelt increases your chances of being killed or seriously injured by ten times.

People Also Ask

Why Is Wearing A Seatbelt Important?

Being strapped up keeps you safe and secure inside your car after a collision; being totally ejected from a vehicle is almost always fatal. You could be flung into a quickly opening frontal air bag if you don't buckle up. Such force has the potential to harm or even kill you.

How Do Seat Belts Work To Keep You Safe?

Seat belts protect vehicle occupants by reducing the time it takes them to stop in a crash, spreading the impact force over a larger region of the body, minimizing contact with the vehicle's interior, and preventing them from being ejected.

Do Seat Belts Cause More Accidents?

The chances of you being injured by a seatbelt are small if you buckle up properly. Even if you do get injuries, they will almost certainly be minor bruises compared to those that would have occurred if you had not worn the belt. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that without the seatbelt, the most catastrophic car accidents would have resulted in far greater injuries. Drivers who use seat belts feel safer in their vehicles and drive less cautiously, resulting in more traffic accidents.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this article about a father refuses to wear a seatbelt. The moral lesson you can take away from this article is to always wear your seatbelt!

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