This "Get A Life!" installment is a reminder to buckle up anytime you get into a car. Yesterday while leaving work, I was T-Boned by an SUV going the wrong way on a one-way street. It looked the truck was going to come straight through my driver's side door. I had only driven one block from work and was on a city street.
I was traveling through an intersection I go through every day heading home. The light was green as I was approaching and Piedmont Road is a one-way street, right to left. There's a gas station to the left as you approach the intersection so I didn't really pay attention to the SUV going left to right. I thought it was in the gas station parking lot. It wasn't. It was going the wrong way on Piedmont and because it was going the wrong way, it did not have a red light telling the vehicle to stop.
As I started through the intersection at approx. 30mph, I turned to my left to see the SUV headlights approaching at 30mph right outside my door. That's all I saw. The next moment I was spinning 360 degrees as glass few across my face. The side impact airbags were amazing, I don't even remember them deploying, they were just there. My only injuries were soreness in my left shoulder and a light burn on my left arm, most likely from the airbag deployment.
Because I was wearing my seatbelt, I was held in place by that and the airbags. Again, I was only one block from work on a city street. So please, whenever you get into car, even for a trip down the block, please buckle up.