A San Antonio motorist is reported to be in critical condition following a head-on collision late Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Apparently, a 25 year old driver lost control of his 2003 Nissan while traveling along a curve in the roadway. The vehicle spun around and then crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a van head-on. The driver of the Nissan was reported to have not been wearing his seatbelt, and was thrown about the car causing critical injuries. No report was given concerning whether speed was a factor. However, additional inquiry may reveal other factors and causes of any injury.
Although it was reported that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt, it is possible that he was, and the seatbelt failed. By investigating the seat belt mechanics, any issues with the locking system, and other components, a reasonable determination can be made concerning whether the restraint system failed – leaving the appearance that an occupant was not wearing the restraint when emergency responders arrive.
Experienced and resourceful investigation can many times correct other erroneous first impressions – such as whether an injury occurred in the first place. First responders (police, fire, EMS) are trained to aid those in need. Some have additional training to investigate accidents. But for the most part, they are concerned with safety and well being. If it appears that an individual was not wearing a seat belt, or that an accident didn’t leave visible damage to a vehicle and therefore no injuries were sustained, no further thought is given by these first responders. However, serious injury can be inflicted on humans even though a car does not show evidence of damage. Cars are made with state of the art materials that are designed to displace the energy of a collision and leave no physical indication of damage; however, as the energy passes through these materials, it still imposes forces on the human musculoskeletal system and our bodies suffer injury as a result.