It was a day like any other. I was finishing up work, was 28 weeks pregnant, and was looking forward to a quick jaunt home, some dinner, and then to relax. It was not to be. My husband picked me up and we were taking the “back road” home, following our friends’ truck.
Little did we know that the newly graveled road would have so much high-flying dust and when they blew a tire and were forced to stop, it would also mask their car. At the last minute, after cresting a hill, we saw that they had pulled over but not off the road and we could do nothing but swerve and try to miss them. We did not.
We hit our front bumper on their back bumper and when the side panel became impacted, we were flipped three times. That is a moment I will remember forever – the feeling of flying in the air, over and over. We came to rest upside down. I was wearing my seatbelt so at that time, I was then suspended in the air. I remember hitting the seatbelt button and panicking because I could not get out of the car.
I do not remember much after that until I saw my mom in the hospital, and she told me that due to the seatbelt holding me in and keeping me safe, I was now in labor. It was a scary 24 hours, but we were safe – my baby and me. A few months later, I would greet my baby who was safe and healthy.
I have been in 6 car accidents in my life and I have not caused even 1 of them. My son has been in 6 and my four-year-old grandson has been in 4. I know that that day and each day since I have been safe because I wore my seatbelt. I know that 3 generations are alive and safe because WE wear our seatbelts!
- Kevi Berger
Kevi is the Operations & Programs Manager with the Foundation for Community Health here in Missoula, Montana. She is also the Safe Kids Missoula Co-Coordinator.
The Safe Kids Missoula Coalition is dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries—the number one cause of death to children in the United States—through action-based education, awareness, and planning to reduce traffic injuries, drowning, child gun access, falls, burns, poisonings, and more.
The Missoula Coalition was established in 1991 and has been led by the Foundation for Community Health since 2014. The Coalition includes safety experts and volunteers from more than 30 nonprofit and government agencies.
Our Coalition engages more than 80 volunteers and reaches more than 2,000 children, parents, and caregivers were reached with safety education each year.