Ally and Amy are best of friends. But, their lives are about to change forever. They are both 17 which means that they are 3 times more likely to be in a car crash than any other age group.
After Amy and Ally enjoyed their meal together, Amy went to her car to drive home. She checked around her car for anything that could be dangerous to her car, but found that all was okay.
As Amy got into the car, she made sure to check her mirrors and that her lights worked perfectly. After all, a study has shown that failing signal lights are a main cause of car accidents. In fact, they cause almost 2 million a year.
But, Amy did not check behind her steering wheel to see any flashing lights, and did not see that she had not put her seatbelt on. Just like 27.5 million other people, Amy does not wear her seatbelt.
As Amy got onto the interstate and was trying to merge, she was hit by a car that she did not see coming. Amy was jerked forward and had no seatbelt to hold her back from flying through the window. It is especially important to wear seat belts on the interstate because 12% of fatal accidents happen on interstates.
Amy is now laying in a hospital paralyzed due to her accident. If she had her seat belt on, she would have been 50% less likely to have become so injured. At least she did not die like the other 58% of deaths of teenagers in accidents due to driving without a seatbelt.