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Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 11:37 am
I’ve been meaning to write this post for almost five months now. I previously devoted a portion of a post to helmet use. As an ABATE member, I believe in the right of every biker to choose whether to wear a helmet. I just so happen to be a biker that chooses to wear a helmet, and I’m damn glad I had my lid on April 25.
You see, I was riding in town, probably a little too fast. It had been raining, and the sand debris from winter had not been completely cleaned up yet. I’m not sure what happened, but something caused my back tire to slide. I tried to correct the slide, but I was in a curve and couldn’t recover in time to avoid going over the curbed center island. The last thing I remember is going over the curb directly at a street sign on an iron post thinking ‘oh sh*t!’
When I came to I was strapped to a straight board about to be placed in an ambulance. My brains were scrambled, but my skull was intact. In an earlier post I touted my Head Trip helmet, and referred to the testimonials on that site. Well I tell you what, that helmet either saved my life, or at a minimum, saved me from a serious head injury. The helmet had a crush mark three inches in diameter at the point that otherwise would have been the back of my skull. The hard inner shell of the helmet was cracked from the base of the helmet all the way up to the top of my head. Without that helmet, I’m pretty sure I’m dead.
So … while I don’t want the government telling me I have to wear a helmet, I’m thankful I had mine on that day. I’ve been wearing my helmet every time I ride since before I last posted on this subject, and I can assure you I will never ride without it again. Oh yeah, I bought myself another Head Trip helmet. If you ride, I hope you’ll think about wearing a helmet. My wife and children are glad I did.