Car Crash Survivors Pose Proudly for a Photo Project to Raise Awareness about Seatbelt Safety | 22 Words

Seatbelt safety is no joke.

Wearing a seatbelt determines and secures the chances of survival if a person is involved in a car accident, and many completely underestimate a seatbelt's importance.

People who have survived car crashes thanks to seatbelts have come together to proudly show off their scars that demonstrate the effects of wearing a seatbelt.

Keep scrolling to see these powerful images and to realize how important it is to wear a seatbelt at all times...

 

Seatbelts save lives.

It's no secret that wearing a seatbelt can save your life. But, for some reason, many people don't wear theirs when driving, and this puts them at serious risk.

A seatbelt has a staggering effect on the lives of passengers...

According to the CDC, seatbelts dramatically reduce the risk of death and serious injury in a car accident by fifty percent.

Too many people die from car crashes every year...

A seatbelt basically prevents a person from being ejected during a crash, and it has been found that people not wearing a seatbelt are thirty times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle if a crash were to happen.

So why are people not wearing seatbelts?

The BBC investigated this very matter and it was discovered that many simply forget to put on their seatbelts as they are not seen as a necessity.

Some people find seatbelts "uncomfortable" and "inconvenient..."

The research also found that some people feel as though seatbelts are unnecessary and are "uncomfortable and inconvenient to wear," while others said that whether they wear a seatbelt or not depends on the journey.

Sadly, this attitude is shared by many...

And it is this attitude that results in the deaths of thousands of people every year.

New Zealand is attempting to tackle this problem...

The NZ Transport Agency has begun a campaign to raise awareness of seatbelt safety. The campaign comes after a statistic showed that approximately ninety people are killed every year in New Zealand in car accidents due to not wearing a seatbelt.

The campaign targets men aged between twenty and forty years of age...

On their website, they wrote: "These guys live rurally or in the provinces and they are a particularly 'hard to reach' bunch of lads. The types of crashes they have often happen late at night after drinking. They don’t wear seatbelts. They know about them but see them as an optional extra – not something ‘proper’ adult men need to use. Kids or ‘worriers’ and people who follow the rules wear them just to be doing the right thing."

People often discard the risk of a crash...

"These guys drive roughly and think that a crash is inevitable. They’ve had their share of dings and while their mates may have crashed too, that’s just part of driving. They think that if you’re going to have a big one (crash), that’s just the hand you’ve been dealt and there’s nothing you can do about it," they continued to write.

Real-life car crash survivors volunteered for the project...

This is Liam Bethell and his seatbelt was the reason that he survived his car crash. He was 200 meters from home when he was T-boned by a truck that left him with broken ribs, fractured discs in his back, and a bleed on his brain that resulted in him staying in a coma for 10 days.

The campaign also includes short videos from each victim...

Liam goes on to describe that he woke up from his coma the day before the birth of his daughter. If it wasn't for his seatbelt, he wouldn't have been there at all for the day that his daughter was born.

Kahutia Foster was heading home after visiting his nephew when his car rolled on a corner...

This flipped the entire car upside down before it hit a tree.

His arm was crushed under the weight of the car...

Despite the horrific injuries, his seatbelt saved his life. Speaking about his ordeal, Kahutia says that his children are a daily reminder that, because of his seatbelt, they get to see their dad alive.

Dan Mason was hit by a drunk driver...

He was twenty-one at the time and was driving home from a late-night shift when a drunk driver hit him. He broke his jaw, a rib, and suffered brain damage to his frontal and temporal lobes.

Paramedics performed an emergency tracheotomy on the scene...

Dan realizes that if he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, he would have gone straight through the windscreen. He has since made a miraculous recovery and is pretty much back to normal... all thanks to his seatbelt.

Dylan Chirnside was also hit by another driver...

He was T-boned by another vehicle only a few meters from his home. He suffered a brain injury and broke one of the major bones that connects the head to the spine.

It took a year and a half, but Dylan eventually made a full recovery...

He openly admits that his seatbelt was the thing that stopped him from being thrown through the windscreen and that it ultimately saved his life.

Rick Haira's car was clipped by a passing train when driving over the tracks...

The passing train sent the car spinning out of control and crashed it into a transformer box.

If it wasn't for Nick's seatbelt, he wouldn't be here to tell the story.

He recalls the windows smashing and the sound of crunching metal, which would have ultimately killed him if he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Will Giles had to learn to walk and talk again...

After being hit by another driver from behind when pulling up at an intersection, Will suffered serious brain injuries which lead him to having to learn to walk and talk again.

Will is close to making a full recovery...

He even has an upcoming gig with his band now that he has learned to play music again... all thanks to his seatbelt.

James McDonald was affected by sunstrike...

His vision was compromised by the sunstrike which led him into the path of an eighteen-wheeler. He broke his arm and split his nose into 2 parts which, from the force of the impact, broke the steering wheel completely against James' face.

Despite his horrific injuries...

James is simply happy to be alive and he has his seatbelt to thank for this miracle.

Dion Perry narrowly avoided serious injury...

He was driving down a rural road in wet conditions when his car spun out of control, which resulted in him landing in a ditch.

He missed a power pole by a mere 2 meters...

Dion escaped with bruising and, luckily, no other serious injury. If it wasn't for his seatbelt, it would have been unlikely that Dion would have walked away from this accident. This campaign truly highlights the importance of wearing seatbelts. Yes, the injuries are severe, but there's nothing more severe than losing your life when it could have so easily been avoided.