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Is there a collision speed beyond which seatbelts are helpful (ie causes chest trauma). Just curious - obviously going to use one!?

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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine

In brief: Beyond a Belt

Since seatbelts are themselves not the cause of chest trauma resulting in serious injury, but rather the deceleration of the collision, it is the speed that is the factor. Seatbelts will always serve the purpose they were intended to do, i.
e. Keep an individual from being thrown from the vehicle. Superficial trauma comes from the seatbelt, but internal trauma comes from shear forces on organs.

In brief: Beyond a Belt

Since seatbelts are themselves not the cause of chest trauma resulting in serious injury, but rather the deceleration of the collision, it is the speed that is the factor. Seatbelts will always serve the purpose they were intended to do, i.
e. Keep an individual from being thrown from the vehicle. Superficial trauma comes from the seatbelt, but internal trauma comes from shear forces on organs.
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