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Dr. Michael Delaney

Dr. Delaney is a trauma surgeon, lifelong automotive enthusiast, shade tree mechanic, race fan, and motor vehicle safety expert. Many of Dr Delaney’s childhood memories involve being slung around the back seat of a 1967 Mustang driven by a European mom whose previous car was a Citroen 2CV. While Dr. Delaney has focused his professional efforts on better understanding the injury-producing events that occur during motor vehicle collisions, he is not one of those safety “experts” who wishes cars would go away and people would just ride buses and trains. Dr. Delaney’s goal is for drivers to enjoy enthusiastic driving safely. “During my career, I have seen injuries and heard stories that you just can’t make up, and many of them involve motor vehicle collisions. I have been telling these stories for years, and it's time to write them down. I hope you enjoy them, learn something, and most importantly—make safer choices. In my line of business all too often, regrets are forever.”

By on July 8, 2013

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Note: The article has a picture of what happens when a shifter gets impaled in a leg. If you are queasy, don’t click. If you click, don’t  complain.

During my career as a trauma surgeon taking care of patients injured in motor vehicle collisions (MVCs), I have all too frequently heard, “he would have died had he been wearing his seat belt.” Late one Friday night, I heard those words from the family of Mr. Smith. Whenever presented the opportunity to lay to rest misguided beliefs, I take off the white coat, stand on the bully pulpit and start preaching. (Read More…)

By on February 12, 2013

 

WARNING: If you think this picture is too gross, do NOT hit the jump. – BS

We have all seen it before. You are cruising right down the road, and it immediately catches your attention. There is a female passenger in another vehicle with her feet up on the dash.  Imagine the horror if someone did this to your brand new vehicle!

The nightmare came true for both Bob and Carol. They were running errands around town and Carol put her foot up on the glistening dash of Bob’s new SUV. Holding back his true thoughts, Bob politely says, “Honey, please get your foot off of my new dash.” Carol replies, “I am just admiring my new pedicure like you’ve been admiring your new SUV.” As the conversation heats up, Bob becomes distracted while making a left hand turn at a four-way intersection and fails to yield to an oncoming vehicle. Distracted as well, Carol still has her foot on the dash at the time of impact.
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