Two Different Car Crashes Share Same Deadly Mistake - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

04/29/05 - Lufkin

Two Different Car Crashes Share Same Deadly Mistake

by Ramonica R. Jones

An East Texas man is dead after his pickup truck flipped over several times in Nacogdoches County.

Highway troopers say 26-year-old Darweshi Brooks' truck went off the road, skidded out of control, rolled over repeatedly, then landed in a ditch.  Brooks died at the scene.  His two passengers survived the crash but went to a hospital with serious injuries.

A nurse's aide from Apple Springs died in an early morning wreck Friday in Trinity County.

State troopers say 39-year-old Lisa Suggs was headed east on Highway 94 when her pickup truck went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole.  She died at the scene.

No other cars were involved in the wreck.

There are many reasons drivers don't click it when they hit the road.  'I'm just going around the corner', 'I'm a safe driver', and 'they're uncomfortable' are just a few excuses.

Some drivers also think they can actually stop themselves from getting hurt in a crash.

Trooper Greg Sanches said, "A lot of people think that if they have an accident, they can hold [themselves] back or something like that.  What a seatbelt is doing is restraining that person in that seat; it's allowing that person not to be thrown out of the vehicle [or] thrown around in the vehicle."

Some drivers believe airbags alone will protect them from injuries in a wreck - a dangerous misconception.

"We have to be wearing our seatbelts for the airbags to do any good.  But also, the airbags come out very fast and very hard, so if we're not wearing our seatbelt and we meet that airbag, then it could [cause] severe injuries, and in some cases, it could cause death."

Buckling up won't prevent an accident, but it'll give you a 50/50 chance of surviving what could've been a fatal wreck.

The latest research shows child safety seats are 71 percent effective in preventing serious injuries in a crash.

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