Do you wear a seat belt? - page 4

I know we sometimes feel like we need one at work, but I am talking about when you are in your (or someone else's) car? I was astounded years ago when I worked Trauma to discover that the Director... Read More

  1. by   nursejws
    I was rear-ended sitting at a stop light, leaning over into the floor board on the passenger side to pick something up. I had my seat belt on and it quickly snapped me upright, I banged my head on the back of my head rest. I didn't feel any pain at the scene, or right after....it was when I was going to bed and I went to lean back on my pillow. OW OW OW OW OW...man that hurt. I was trying to save myself some money by seeing my PCP instead of going to ER. I called to make an appointment and was denied care because they said I owed them money. What they failed to tell me was they re-billed for something they had already been paid for, and my insurance company denied it. I called my insurance company, Cigna HMO and they told me what was going on. I was so mad at my PCPs office because I had to go to the ER. I had recently quit my job and was going to school full time, so $50 compared to $15 is alot. Actually, my car insurance paid for that, but still. I'm trying to leave my PCP, and will as soon as I come up with the money to buy my medical records.

    Okay...this thread is really about seat belts. Sorry for going off on an tangent.
  2. by   bestblondRN
    Years ago, I was the passenger in my car (my sister was driving) with my 2 kids and her daughter in the back seat. She exited the freeway and was slowing down to stop at the top of the ramp, turned around to say something to my son, and bumped the car in front of her. I was unrestrained and asleep in the passenger seat and went FLYING--hit the windshield with my head and cracked both it and my head wide open. No damage to either vehicle except where my head buckled the glass. I had a minor concussion, NASTY head lacs, and looked like a monster for a couple of weeks. Needless to say, I always buckle up, as do my passengers.
  3. by   Beach_RN
    Always.. always... the kids and I always do! as as well as any passenger in our car... Now my husband is another story! Mr. Tough Guy.. refuses to wear one.... I am waiting for the day he get's a ticket so I can say I told you so! Hopefully it will be a ticket and not an accident that we can't take back and say should of.. could of.... would of...
  4. by   I1tobern
    I too was never religious about seatbelts, until I got pregnant and had my son, who is now nine years old. The truck doesn't move until the seatbelts click.
  5. by   semstr
    Always buckle up, as a non-driver, I am mostly sitting eihter beside him/her on in the back and always put the belt on.
    it isn't alowede here ot put children under 1.50 and 40 kg. in the front seat either, you need special children seats till that height/ weight too.
    Helmets for everything on just 2 wheels and with a motor. It is the law and you pay a lot of money, when the police catches you.
    I think it is right, as Fergus stated, we have the system here as in Canada, so I have to pay for those who don't wear their belts, helmets and put their children in danger.

    take care, Renee
  6. by   l.rae
    my mule won't budge without the ole harness in place. sure was glad of it last year when l had a head-on...poor car...lucky me.....other driver lucky considering no airbag, no sb...he was talking on the c-phone to a buddy in next car!......don't even get me started on that.......well, me and my mule gotta get on down the road to work.......lr

    hey nursiepooh....are you sure you you're not from boston????????like driving in hell!!!
    Last edit by l.rae on May 30, '02
  7. by   Mkue
    Yes, Always, it's like a security blanket..

    :wink2:

    marie
  8. by   pkmom
    My aunt and uncle hydroplaned once and rolled their van three times. They were buckled up so they were totally fine. I have always worn my seatbelt, even in the backseat. But, I hate bicylce helmets and my husband insists that I wear one when I ride around in our residential neighborhood.
  9. by   CountrifiedRN
    I didn't start wearing one until I was a passenger involved in a car accident when I was 18. Until then, I always just thought that I would be able to brace myself against the impact. WRONG!!! There is nothing you can do once the car is spinning out of control and you are flying around inside it.

    Since then, I always wear a seatbelt, and so does anyone who wishes to ride as a passenger in my car. Children are always restrained in a carseat.

    I especially hate it when I see children unrestrained in a car, or a mom with a baby on her lap. Or even worse, a mom, with a baby on her lap and the seatbelt around both of them.

    Sorry if I repeated what anyone else said in a previous post, I didn't have time to read through all of them.
  10. by   nell
    Absolutely, EVERY time.

    Thank goodness my son does too, as one month after he got his driver's license, he slid on wet road and rolled my car 3 times; if he and his friend hadn't been buckled, they would have been thrown and probably crushed.

    Dianah, My Mom was a teacher and when I asked her this question, she said that until they design a better system - like on amusement rides or something, kids will just unbuckle and use the buckles as weapons to clobber their seat-mate. It's very difficult for a bus driver to control 30 kids hiding behind high seat-backs. I went on every field-trip my son went on in school and NEVER rode the bus - too wild!

    Micro, it is not true that you only can harm yourself if you don't wear a seat-belt : a seat belt helps to hold the driver in a position of control in a skid or impact. Unbelted drivers and unhelmeted cyclists cost all of us $$ that we can ill afford on nursing salaries: more for emergency medical services, more medical treatment and rehabilitation, and higher health care and automobile insurance premiums are just a few of the costs.

    Hey, if everybody wore their seat belts/helmets maybe there'd be enough nurses freed up from all of that trauma/rehab to alleviate the shortage?

    Also, I take it you have no loved ones who would be hurt by your maiming/death?
  11. by   eltrip
    ALWAYS! I began wearing a seatbelt as soon as I started hearing that wearing could help save your life in an accident. I have always chosen to wear one because it makes sense to do so! My 5 year-old will even tell me to "Buckle up, Mommy!" if I don't do it fast enough to suit her! I forgot to buckle her into her booster seat yesterday & she yelled out to me when I started the car! Smart girl!

    I get so angry when I see children unrestrained! They obviously haven't seen what can happen to a child who is unrestrained in an MVA!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have worn seatbelts for over 20 years. Always have, always will. My kids know NO different. The benefits outweigh the risks of them in nearly EVERY case. And besides, it is the LAW in WA state...you can lose $86. per person w/o a belt here! They WILL stop cars just for restraint violations. Makes it mighty spendy not to wear it ya know?
  13. by   P_RN
    My daughter got a ticket for speeding and a ticket for no seatbelt.

    She decided to take it to court........for the SEATBELT ticket.

    She told the judge that she was speeding, BUT she ALWAYS wears a seatbelt and had it on at the time.

    The judge said he had never had anyone protest a seatbelt ticket and he dropped it. She still lost points for going 65 in a 55.

    When I was in the 5th grade (1955 ewwww) my father had a brand new 1955 Olds. It had NO seatbelts. I wouldn't ride in it until he had them installed. The shop had to order them from out of state!

    And EVERY time since 1955 that I have been in a moving vehicle......I wear a seatbelt. ALWAYS.

    And anyone who wants to ride with me.....either as a passenger or driving their own car......SEATBELT or we aren't going anywhere.

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