Crash Survivor Talks Importance Of Seat Belts

by Mackenzie Stasko on April 26, 2013 at 3:44 am

In honor of the pre-prom activities, Dr. Adam Bloomberg told students at Heath High School about a traumatic and life changing experience of his when he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Bloomberg wanted to bring a message to the students that they are not invincible and that the decisions they make in the car will affect their lives forever.

"The biggest thing I remember being as a high school senior sitting in an auditorium and being there is that I was invincible and nothing could happen to me. Then I had an experience that changed my life and I realized I wasn’t invincible and unfortunately for myself, it had to be a tragic experience for me to realize that," said Bloomberg.

Bloomberg shared his story of when he was in a car accident when he was in high school. He was not wearing his seatbelt which caused him severe head trauma, put him into a coma and he says it took years to recover. The positive response from students was overwhelming.

Bloomberg said, "It’s always different when there’s a survivor up there telling them stories and showing them pictures of themselves through their rehab. I had pictures of myself in a coma, right in the presentation. When they can see that, they realize it’s real. I have people come up to me afterwards that tell me their stories that they were in car crashes, or thank you or that they are going to wear their seatbelt now. Those are the times that you realize the program that’s put together is beneficial."

Bloomberg also stopped by Tri-Valley, West Muskingum and Licking Valley High Schools on Thursday.