rmurphy195 wrote:In a recent accident, my helmet was removed very, very carefully by members of the emergency services while at the same time supporting my neck. I was told firmly at the outset - and several times afterwards - that when asked a question, to answer yes or no but NOT SHAKE OR NOD MY HEAD!
So guess the answer is -leave it to the medic/firemen or whatever trained person is doing it.
NB the hat did something for me that no amount of statistics would have done - I still have it, with the yellow paint from the trucks bonnet on it! And I have my head too, in one piece, unharmed (apart from a bit of faint bruising on my temple that is)!
How do you know that the hat didn't induce you into riding less safely, how do you know that the hat didn't have an influence on the position of your head in relation to the bonnet, how do you know that you might not have struck the bonnet at all without a helmet due to the extra weight and circumference?
You still got injured, how can you know that you would have had any head injury at all without or one that was the same? No doubt a bruised head without wearing a helmet would have come in for criticism and shouts of 'luck' etc whereas the same bruise wearing one is a helmet saved my life incident
No anecdotal stories prove anything and statistics do indeed show that people espousing the benefits of helmets fail to understand the limitations and indeed the downsides to wearing helmets that cause higher rates of head injuries over those not wearing them.