Grand Island, NE -- The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center was training crash analysts on how to determine the cause of crashes. A camera was placed inside the cars to record what happens to a person inside not wearing a seat belt.
Hal is a life-like dummy that stands 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Video shows that Hal is not wearing a seat belt, he hits the top of his head on the center column.
Officials say the car that hit him was only going 24 miles per hour, but that damage is still significant.
"That's a residential street speed and that could be a serious injury, potentially fatal injury. The other crash, that was a 38 mile an hour crash that you saw in the video. That's a city street speed. You go through an intersection in the main portion of town, the impact will cause the individual to potentially be ejected," said Training Center Staff Instructor David Thome.
Thome said both of the accidents could easily cause potential life-threatening injuries, even death.
But in both, Hal would have been fine with a seat belt.
The flashing light on the dashboard and beeping sound is something each driver experiences when they turn on a car.
But ignoring it and not putting on a seat belt can result in injuries like what Hal experienced.
"If you're not restrained when there's a crash there are three impacts. First impact is vehicle to vehicle or whatever object the vehicle runs into. The second impact is the passenger or drivers body impacting some place interior of the vehicle. The third impact then are the internal organs that impact the skeletal structure and that's where you get your serious internal injuries," said Thome.
According to Thome, in 2012 there were 212 deaths in car crashes. Of those deaths, 160 were people in cars and only 48 of them were wearing a seat belt.
Putting on seat belt can take just about 3.5 seconds and it drops the chance of dying in a car crash by 233 percent according to 2012 fatality statistics.
A child not wearing a seat belt is something the police could pull you over for and some prosecutors have even charged parents with endangerment because of what a crash can do to a child.
"In the cases in the video, the door was able to sustain some of that impact. A child of, say, 60-70 pounds...the door's not going to absorb that impact, the door is just going to repel that individual and the child is going to sustain all of the impact," said Thome of comparing adults to children in crashes.
The purpose of the experiment with the dummy was to show one thing.
Thome said, "Wear your seat belts. Low speed crashes can be deadly."