Perhaps not what you expected?
My father-in-law died in a car accident well over a decade ago. A car that that had been on the shoulder after causing fender bender on I-15 in Salt Lake City pulled into traffic. The car he pulled in front of slowed down to avoid hitting him. Directly behind him, my father-in-law swerved to the right to avoid hitting the slowed car. His car hit the retaining wall on the right and ricocheted to the left, straight across all the lanes of traffic — into the path of an oncoming semi truck. The truck hit the driver’s door.
Given these circumstances, a seat belt may not have saved my father-in-law’s life. But statistically seat belt usage reduces risk of fatal injury by 45%. One of the most deadly accident risks comes when an occupant is ejected from a car. This did not happen in our case. He was pinned in the car. But still car accidents and seat belt incidents always weigh heavily on me. Time after time after time, I see news reports of people who could have survived, but didn’t because they didn’t take the time and bother to buckle up.
Next time you drive, remember all the loved ones waiting for you. Take the time, for them.
Salt Lake Tribune — October 20, 2010
A Pleasant Grove man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 80 near the Utah-Nevada border.
Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Todd Johnson said the accident occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday when a westbound 1992 Toyota pickup veered off the road, over-corrected and rolled at least three times.
The driver, identified as Rodney M. Mcdonnell, 47, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, UHP reported. No one else was in the truck.
Mcdonnell was transported by helicopter to a Salt Lake area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Mark was a friend of mine. Monica, Alana, and I performed with him (and his wife) last winter in HMS Pinafore. He left a wife and six young children. How sad. How unnecessary.