Today a bicycle helmet saved a friend from a careless driver, saved me from a careless turn and could have potentially saved a child from death.
I don’t think I’ve ever crashed on a bicycle before this evening and it was completely my fault. I took a corner too fast, applied the brakes and slide to the ground barely hitting my helmet on the concrete stones instead of my cheekbones. I’m ok suffering some awesome bruises but if I didn’t have my helmet on it would likely be a very different story.
When I returned home this evening I learned that a friend of mine was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. I’m don’t know the details but apparently the driver didn’t look both ways. He was crossing her path and things didn’t end well. He is ok with only a few bumps and bruises but it could have been very different if he wasn’t wearing his helmet.
While pursuing the news reports via FaceBook this evening, as I often do, I learned of a 10 year old boy in the next town that had been killed by a motor vehicle this afternoon. The boy was crossing the street in a crosswalk when he was hit by a 70 year old women. As I stated before he was killed from the injuries he suffered but had he been wearing a helmet things could have been very different.
These happenings all occurred today and it made me think, “How much does this really happen?” According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
- The most serious injuries among a majority of those killed are to the head.
- Eighty-nine percent of bicycle deaths are persons 16 and older.
- Helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent.
- Ninety-one percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 reportedly weren’t wearing helmets.
I wear my helmet EVERY time I ride and always will…I hope you will too.
Decided it would be a good idea to take a picture of the helmet…
THAT WOULD HAVE HURT!