Ten years ago my father died in a car accident. It changed our lives forever. He was 46 years old, strong, healthy and fit as a fiddle. He used to race motorbikes. We were always so worried that he’d get injured during one of those races.
Instead, he was driving home from picking my brother up from school, a route he had driven so many times before. It was raining and the roads were slippery. He lost control of the car and this giant, built monster-sized man was thrown out of the passenger window. He hit his head and after a 5 day coma died in the hospital. It ruined our lives. It changed everything. My brother had been wearing his seat belt and with the exception of a small cut on his arm, was uninjured.
My father died because he didn’t put his seat belt on. A small act that would have taken 3 seconds. Instead it changed the rest of our lives.
Am I angry about it? Of course I am. But I’m also extremely passionate about it! As a result, I never let anyone ride in my car without a seat belt on. That goes for passengers in the front or back. You’re not driving with me if you’re not strapped in. I don’t take chances and I would NEVER let my son ride in the car unbuckled.
I see people driving around all the time with their children standing between the seats and I think of my father flying through that window. If that can happen to a grown man, imagine what chance your little toddler has.
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