Reno Fire Department officials are reminding locals of the importance of wearing seat belts after a passenger was partially ejected through the windshield in a crash on Sparks Boulevard Monday night.
The stalled car pulled off the side of the road and the driver, unaware that it had stalled, hit the car and the moving vehicle spun. A passenger in a moving car crashed into the windshield because he was not wearing a seat belt.
Reno 5th Fire Battalion fireman Peter Bryant says, “Well, if you’re not wearing a seatbelt, you’re basically a bowling ball in the car. The seat belt keeps you upright and allows you to use all the latest technology. , airbags, the way cars are built to protect you. If you’re not wearing a seat belt, you’re at the mercy of gravity and you’ll just become more susceptible to serious injury.”
Bryant says that every day they respond to numerous car accidents where they have seen people who did not wear seat belts get more seriously injured in minor crashes compared to those who did wear seat belts in major crashes.
“We heard in the book all the reasons not to wear a seat belt: ‘because we’re driving slowly’ or ‘just walking down the street’, ‘my car has airbags so I’ll be fine’ and lots of other reasons. other things, but we can tell you from everything we’ve seen first hand, seat belts save lives.”
The passenger who hit the window received moderate injuries.
The driver was also taken, but with lesser injuries. Fortunately, the passenger of the stalled car was not injured.
Officials say everyone should remain seated at all times, including your pets.