the road transport dept knows it, we know it, & studies have shown it - putting on seat-belts save lives.
however, seat-belts also cause injuries of their own when the vehicle is involved in a collision. the rapid deceleration from say, 100kmph to zero, results in the human body moving forward but restrained by the seat belt, can cause severe internal injuries. i blogged about this some time back but i think this important message warrants a repeat.
mdm S was a back seat passenger in a car that hit a tree. the driver & all passengers are alive but only mdm S sustained potentially life-threatening injuries as a result of the seat belt,eg .
....fractured right ribs
......fractured left ribs
......lacerated left kidney....
and a cracked spine
she is recuperating in ICU & currently does not need surgery. if i had to choose between the devil & the deep blue sea, i'd still settle for the lesser of the two evils, aka seat-belt.
PS. the advances in medical imaging produced the crystal clear CT scan pictures that allow accurate diagnosis.