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5/7/08 10:25am - Original Message: 'Wear a seat belt'
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I'm not so sure wearing a seat belt would have saved this guy's life in this case, but it may have.



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5/7/08 12:49pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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Ah...............Ya sure ya got the right link there Boss. Sorry but I don't drink wine..................Confused

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5/7/08 12:56pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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[QUOTE=my7T1]Ah...............Ya sure ya got the right link there Boss. Sorry but I don't drink wine..................Confused[/QUOTE]

It makes you watch an ad first, then it should automatically go to the story.


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5/7/08 1:09pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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How long do you have to wait for the story to startQuestion

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5/7/08 1:15pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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Alrighty, I guess that link didn't work... try this one, then click on the Featured Video link:

http://www.ksby.com/Global/story.asp?S=8280244


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That's better!Thumbs%20Up  WOW, I think you are right.  Seat belts may not have helped this guy.  Thanks for sharing, Adam.

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5/7/08 1:25pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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We'll never no if wearing a seat belt would of help this guy.   We do know to wear one at all times.  THE LAW!!!   Anything is possible!
 
Besides, the trucker if not his fault could sue the person that hit him for injuries.   Go figure...  Nuke
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5/7/08 2:22pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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Flying through the windsheild is what was most likely the cause of most of the injury to the Corvette driver, and I believe the seatbelt would have helped him and the airbag also. What amazes me is all the damage to the semi.

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5/7/08 6:30pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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I got a feeling if he was wearing a seatbelt and lived through it, he may have wished he hadn't.

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5/7/08 7:31pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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I am amazed at what little damage was done to the vette. This is the 2nd new vette that I have seen and all that is left is the main cage under extremme conditions.

The other was a fellow in FLORIDA who lost control at speeds in excess of 140 and ran it through a car dealership. He wiped out a whole row of new cars in addition to the vette.

Amazingly he walked away from the wreck with only cuts and bruises. Maybe it was the seat belt???

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5/7/08 10:41pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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Yea , you have to watch those Florida Drivers.....

O wait.. Dam I am in Florida..   







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I've been investigating crashes for over 14 years now, and let me tell you...................
 
NOPE!!!  Did'nt matter if he was wearing a kevlar thong.
 
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5/8/08 10:01pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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Seems like a lot of people loose control of Corvettes.  That sure is a lot of money to bust up along with your body.Dead

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5/8/08 10:18pm - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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As some of you know, I spent over 30 years as a worker, driver and steward in the SCCA. I have seen some incredible wrecks during my involvement with the club with surprising few serious injuries.  Lately, it seems we have had a rash of fatalities in our area that were the result of being ejected from the car, especially among young drivers. Why anyone would drive a car without wearing their seat belt and shoulder belt is beyond me. 

Corvette's are not for the unskilled. Unfortunately, there are many out there with big egos, even bigger wallets and limited driving skills...a dangerous combination.


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6/8/08 10:52am - Reply: 'Wear a seat belt'
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I have no experience investigating auto accidents but some training and education in aircraft accident investigation.

The seat and the structure surrounding it appear intact and relatively free of deformation.  Also, there appears to be plenty of space between the deflated airbag and the seat.  Hard to tell but it looks like there is also open space under the steering column as well.  In other words, he had "room to live".


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