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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Texan Survives Rollover

I survived a rollover in a 2000 Ford Explorer on Interstate 35 at Jarrell, TX, while cruising at 70mph.

My left rear tire blew causing the Explorer to go airborne. It landed on its front end deploying the air bag, which I thought had broken my jaw from such a fierce force. The car rolled and landed on the passenger side against the highway-dividing wall facing southbound in the northbound lane.

My seat seat belt was on so tight I had to cut it crawl out the driver side window. My wearing my seat belt prevented me from being thrown from the car.

The Texas seat belt law was created to save lives and it saved mine.

R. Aguilar
Belton, TX

Friday, June 19, 2009

Collision on Camera

Watch a wreck from inside the car. Video provided by DriveCam, Inc.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Life after a Crash

Video provided by Texas Department of State Health Services.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Behind the Wheel

See first-hand footage of a wreck from the driver’s point of view. DriveCam, Inc.

Friday, June 12, 2009

On the Flip Side

I planned a weekend hiking trip with my friend Valentin last April. Little did I know that our adventure would not be on the trails, but on the road. We got a late start that Friday. Valentin had been driving a few hours when it began to drizzle. Our destination was within a few miles when somehow he lost control of the vehicle and began swerving back and forth. We took a sharp turn off the road and started bumping along the unknown landscape in the pitch black.

I realized we were airborne when I felt an odd weightless sensation. At this point, it seemed like we were moving in slow motion, gracefully even, but then the car suddenly flipped over and crashed into the earth. It felt as though a giant snatched the car out of the air and thrust it violently into the ground.

Being upside down in a car was quite a surreal experience. I was hanging there in my safety belt, generally unharmed. Valentin was buckled in next to me without a scratch. We crawled out of the car, dazed and bruised, but alive. I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I saw the scene in the daylight. I can honestly say that a safety belt saved my life.
Kenna, Austin, TX

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In the Driver’s Seat

See what it’s like behind the wheel of during a crash. Video provided by DriveCam, Inc.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Don't Ditch Your Safety Belt

I was traveling on an access road in Denton when my sedan was hit by another car entering the access road from the passenger side. My car rolled over the driver’s side into a ditch, hit the other side of the ditch, and rolled back over, landing upright. There is no doubt in my mind that the seat belt DEFINITELY saved my life. I only had one scratch from the accident, but the car was completely totaled.

Sarah, Denton, TX