First off, glad to hear your mom is ok. Seatbelts do save lives so wear them. Lucky for us scort owners thats not too much of a problem (its sort of mandetory). However, many people forget to put there lap belt on. Just remember you need the whole belt to protect you otherwise it could make things worse than if you didn´t wear a belt at all. My mom was in an accident about two years ago. I know exactly what happened because I was with her when it occured (along with my sister, my best friend, and my sister´s best friend.) She was driving my grandfather´s 96 Oldmoble Cierra and thought she could make it across three lanes of traffic into a shopping plaza, she must not have seen the giant white Buick Century coming at her. A second later I just heard SCRREEECH! and then WHAM! The guy was still going pretty fast when he hit us despite is better efforts to slow his car down. Luckily we were almost out of his way and he hit us just behind the rear passenger door. The car almost fishtailed and spun out, but my mom kept it under control and made it into the entrance to the plaza. No one was hurt, but both my mom and the guy were cited for failing to yeild. Worst of all we were on vacation (this all happened in Sandusky, OH) and had only been there for an hour. We were going to go to the Cedar Point amusment park after we got some things at the store. The strangest thing about the whole encounter is that the guy who hit us was on his way to work...AT the amusment park. :-o Talk about irony. Anyway, just be safe out there because things always happen when you least expect them to.