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Why Safety Belts Experts say Princess Diana would have lived had she been wearing a seat belt The same holds true for countless others who die needlessly in car accidents every day In the Highway Patrol findings motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for every age from 5-32 In 1997 70676 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes and approximately 5 million were injured To understand the value of a safety belt it is important to understand some of the dynamics of a crash Every motor vehicle crash is comprised of three collisions and also many outside forces can contribute to car accidents The Cars Collision The first part is known as the cars collision which causes the car to buckle and bend as it hits an object and comes to a stop This takes approximately one-tenth of a second The crushing at the front end of the car absorbs some of the force of the crash and cushions the rest of it As a result the passenger compartment comes to a more gradual stop than the front of the car does The Human Collision The second one occurs as the vehicles occupants hit some part of the vehicle At impact the unbelted occupants are still travelling at the vehicles original speed Just after the vehicle comes to a complete stop these unbelted occupants will slam into the steering wheel the windshield or some other part inside the vehicle This is a human collision Another form of human collision is person-to-person impact Unbelted occupants colliding into each other are the cause of many serious injuries In a crash occupants tend to move toward the point of impact and not away from it People in the front seat are often struck by unbelted passengers who become high-speed projectiles The Internal Collision The internal collision often causes fatal injuries Even after the occupants body comes to a complete stop the internal organs
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