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An estimated 1.7 million TBI-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits occur in the U.S. each year. Nearly 80% of these individuals are treated and released from an emergency department. TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States, or about 52,000 deaths annually.edit on bu312014-03-31T10:16:59-05:0010America/ChicagoMon, 31 Mar 2014 10:16:59 -050010u14 by butcherguy because: (no reason given)
Everyone keeps telling me how I MUST wear a seat belt because I'll cost someone some money but nobody has answered any of my questions about where "protecting you from your stupidity" will go and where will you draw the line. I am an adult. My husband is an adult. We are able to make this decision for ourselves. Our children are grown and weaned. They are old enough to make their own decision about whether or not to wear a seat belt. The grandchildren always belt themselves in.
Even though this started out as as a legal matter discussion---I'll call you out one by one on this issue, please give me an answer.
If you are 30 or more pounds overweight, shouldn't you have to submit to government oversight and pay extra taxes because of all the money you are costing the health care system?
Fat people cost all of us billions of dollars per year in unnecessary health care costs because they can't discipline themselves to eat healthy foods and exercise. Shouldn't they be taxed for all that extra weight they are carrying around? If, after one year of monitoring, they have become any less stupid,(they haven't attained their ideal weight) by your philosophy, shouldn't they be detained in a weight-loss facility so as to avoid all the terrible things that happen to fat people and their fat children?
reply to post by singingbones
More contemporarily, my work in head/brain injury means that I would never let anyone I even vaguely cared for ignore their buckle.
Yet you let them walk down stairs without wearing a helmet.
How does one live with that?
Plus to make a flippant comment about wearing a helmet all the time is mute because we are generally not affected by others when walking or showering etc.
The only way you can legitimately comment about using a helmut in everyday life is if you are likely to risk having someone run into you at 30mph.
However, with a car, you are interacting with other drivers all the time. You are relying on others not hitting you at speed.