In Reply to: Head on freeway collision involving Z3 posted by RickS on January 16, 2000 at 20:08:04:
I've been a member of a volunteer ambulance service for 19 years. In that time I have seen one belted driver die. They were in a small car that hit a snowplow headon.
Fifteen years ago less then 25% of the people driving our ambulances wore seat belts. Just before Christmas a young man who had three children at home was hit headon by a low life in an old American big Ford piece of iron. He was in an early 3 series BMW, no seatbelt. The front of the BMW crumpled to the windshield, the engine dropped to the ground and the steering wheel & column colapse foward & up. The only intrusion in the passenger compartment was the floor boards near the pedals. The young father bounced off the dashboard, rebounded into the rear seat and bounced off the back of the passenger seat. He died in our arms as we were extricating him from the car from a rupture aorta.
At the time I was the chief of the ambulance. I made every one of our members view the car. Everyone came to the same conclusion, If the seatbelt had been worn the driver would have survived. Infact he probably would have unbuckled and been out of the car before we arrived.
The reward, our memberships seatbelt use went up to over 90% in both the ambulances and their own cars. And a very dear friend of mine survived a headon accident while she was on her way to an ambulance call. When I visited her in the ER she thanked me profusely and said the sore chest and shoulder were a small price to pay. And I continued to have a very close and dear friends for many more years.