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My name is Dave, and I'm 28 years old. On March 3, 2004 I was driving to Atlanta on I-75 Northbound in my 1999 Ford Explorer Sport. At one point I needed to change into the lane on my left, but when I did, the vehicle in front of me in the lane I wanted to pull into cut me off by slowing down all of a sudden, and had I continued into the lane I'd have hit it. Instinctively I swerved in the opposite direction to avoid it, and then I started to lose control. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't bring it back into its rightful lane and traveling in a straight line! I was already really scared, but then I felt the truck start to spin around, and the next thing I knew, it was starting to tip over! I remember the loud crash and the explosion of broken glass as the driver's side hit the road, and then it kept on flipping, blowing glass everywhere and causing the airbags to deploy. All I could do was just ride it out as if it were a tornado. Eyewitnesses said my truck flipped a total of 5-6 times.
It came to rest on the driver's side on the grassy part of the shoulder. Somehow I knew that the back window had been shattered in the crash, so I knew that was how to get out. So I unfastened my seatbelt, ducked down low, and got out that way. Several people had stopped to help and had me lie down on the ground until the ambulance arrived. I wasn't badly hurt at all -- just a few cuts and bruises, bruised ribs on my left side, a contusion to my right shoulder, and a couple burns from the airbag. Yet due to the severity of my crash, the paramedics sent for a helicopter and had me airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, as they didn't want to take any chances. Fortunately, tests found no other injuries.
The paramedics and state troopers all said that if I hadn't been wearing my seatbelt I'd have been ejected. And then I'd have probably been killed or at least been badly brain damaged, horribly disfigured, or paralyzed. So please, wear your seatbelts! They do save lives; I'm living proof!
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