If you're not already wearing your seatbelt at ALL times while in a motor vehicle, will these photos of my car taken on Saturday convince you now?
My neighborhood is adjacent to a major road and unfortunately there is not a dedicated turn lane, so while I stopped take a left onto my street, an inattentive driver behind me traveling around 60mph did not stop, yield or go around me and instead and plowed full-force (no brakes, no nothing) into the back of my car. The impact sent me into oncoming traffic in the opposite direction and I t-boned a truck.
"Scary" barely describes the feeling of seeing the car in my rear mirror and thinking in a flash, "Oh dear God, she's not going around me. I'm going to get hit!" and then smash! I was in a double collision.
Luckily, I was alone; it could have been an entirely different outcome if the kids were in the car. I literally walked out of this crash thanks to my seatbelt and airbags, and the other drivers involved did, too. I was checked out at the hospital and the doctors were amazed that I didn't break anything or have more major injuries. Again: the seatbelt saved my life.
The funny part of this whole thing was seeing the tow crew show up and one of the guys was wearing a shirt with two thumbs pointing up that read "This guy wants a beer."