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Darcey’s Close Call

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Photo of wrecked truck

One frigid morning in February, I was driving to basketball practice on I-35 north of Waco with my teammate. I hit a patch of ice and my truck fishtailed into the right lane, causing an 18-wheeler to slam into us at 60mph. The semi hit us so hard that I was knocked out instantly. Apparently, my truck crossed back over and hit the median before coming to a complete stop.

The truck was totaled, but both my teammate and I were still able to play in the upcoming basketball tournament the next weekend. It truly scares me to think about what would have happened if we had not been buckled up.

Waco, TX

Texan Survives Rollover

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

“I survived a rollover in a 2000 Ford Explorer on Interstate 35 at Jarrell, TX, while cruising at 70mph.

My left rear tire blew causing the Explorer to go airborne. It landed on its front end deploying the air bag, which I thought had broken my jaw from such a fierce force. The car rolled and landed on the passenger side against the highway-dividing wall facing southbound in the northbound lane.

My seat seat belt was on so tight I had to cut it crawl out the driver side window. My wearing my seat belt prevented me from being thrown from the car. The Texas seat belt law was created to save lives and it saved mine.”

R. Aguilar
Belton, TX

Collision on Camera

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Watch a wreck from inside the car. Video provided by DriveCam, Inc.

Life after a Crash

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of State Health Services.

Behind the Wheel

Monday, June 15th, 2009

See first-hand footage of a wreck from the driver’s point of view. DriveCam, Inc.

On the Flip Side

Friday, June 12th, 2009

“I planned a weekend hiking trip with my friend Valentin last April. Little did I know that our adventure would not be on the trails, but on the road. We got a late start that Friday. Valentin had been driving a few hours when it began to drizzle. Our destination was within a few miles when somehow he lost control of the vehicle and began swerving back and forth. We took a sharp turn off the road and started bumping along the unknown landscape in the pitch black.

I realized we were airborne when I felt an odd weightless sensation. At this point, it seemed like we were moving in slow motion, gracefully even, but then the car suddenly flipped over and crashed into the earth. It felt as though a giant snatched the car out of the air and thrust it violently into the ground.

Being upside down in a car was quite a surreal experience. I was hanging there in my safety belt, generally unharmed. Valentin was buckled in next to me without a scratch. We crawled out of the car, dazed and bruised, but alive. I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I saw the scene in the daylight. I can honestly say that a safety belt saved my life.”

Austin, TX

In the Driver’s Seat

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

See what it’s like behind the wheel of during a crash. Video provided by DriveCam, Inc.

Don't Ditch Your Safety Belt

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

“I was traveling on an access road in Denton when my sedan was hit by another car entering the access road from the passenger side. My car rolled over the driver’s side into a ditch, hit the other side of the ditch, and rolled back over, landing upright. There is no doubt in my mind that the seat belt DEFINITELY saved my life. I only had one scratch from the accident, but the car was completely totaled.”

Denton, TX

A Crash Course in Safety

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

“One night I was riding in the car with a couple of my friends. I had my cell phone out and was dialing a number when suddenly I felt a weightless sensation. I looked up and realized the car had veered off the road and was hurling through the air. We plowed over a road sign, and that’s when I dropped the phone, closed my eyes and waited for the impending crash.

The “crash” was actually multiple impacts and lasted about 15 seconds. The car ended up both rolling over and flipping end over end, shearing a few trees in the process. The car eventually landed upside down and slid about 50 feet across an open field. Half the car’s roof was torn off, so when the whole thing was over I was hanging by my safety belt with my head in the dirt.

All three of us were buckled up and walked away from the wreck with only minor cuts and bruises. I honestly believe if we weren’t buckled up, we wouldn’t have made it through that wreck alive.”

Tyler, TX

Real Teens, Real Stories: He was already gone…

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of Health