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A Shanghai woman was left in a critical condition with broken bones in her eye socket after her face struck an advertising screen when the taxi she was traveling crashed on Tuesday.
This story, as reported in the Shanghai Daily under the headline ‘Passenger hits taxi ad screen, gravely hurt’, is ostensibly about the danger of having solid screens in a position where passengers might smash into them. However, buried seven paragraphs down the Daily’s article is this sentence:
They weren’t wearing their seat belts.
‘Woman injured in car accident after ignoring basic car safety’ is not a story. If the taxi failed to provide seatbelts for passengers, a likely scenario in Shanghai, that is a story.
Even the expert comment that the Shanghai Daily sourced for this story confirms that the cause of the woman’s injuries was the lack of a seatbelt, not the presence of a screen:
[Dr Li Shiting, director of Xinhua Hospital’s neurosurgery department] said the injuries were caused by strong crushing pressures at high speeds, and it might not have mattered so much what was in front of her. “When the speed reaches a certain level, injury is inevitable,” Li added.
At the very end of the article comes the only advice that’s warranted by this story:
Administrators also reminded passengers to fasten their safety belts.