You Should Really Buckle Your Seatbelt in Cabs


Yeah, yeah, who wants to buckle up in a cab? Most of us are content to slide around in the back and hope for the best. But you may want to reexamine that policy: the NY Daily News offers the story of Jane Lee, a woman who had to get 50 stitches after her face smashed into the cab partition during an accident.

The 5-foot-2 Lee was thrown forward on impact and smashed into the taxi's hard plastic partition. The result: a broken nose, deep lacerations to her face and a cut eyelid.

"My face was completely busted open," she said.

The other passenger in the backseat was hospitalized for three nights with bleeding in his brain. (The article doesn't provide a picture of him, perhaps because internal injuries are less jarring.) Lee has mostly recovered, although she still experiences numbness in her face and PTSD while driving.

Note Lee's final words of wisdom: "It sounds like a cliche, I know, but you should buckle up every time you are in a taxi." While stories like these may not change our behaviors, we might at least think twice before ignoring the warnings.

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