I have just had a hellish day.
i was going to go cycling myself this morning, but had a slight sore shoulder so didn't. However, decided to go for maybe 20 miles this afternoon, and my wife, Sandra, decided to accompany me.
It was quite muggy and warm and Sandra hates wearing her helmet (as she has long hair and feels it makes her sweat), and the first part of the trip was climbing for maybe 8 - 10 miles.
Sure enough, i gl;ance back on one of the hills and S has her helmet tied round her handlebar.
i stopped and told her that I wouldn't cycle with her if she didn't wear it. After a bit of a discussion she grudgingly put it on.
On the way back, as we had climbed so much we were going mostly down hill. About 2 miles from home, i was about 30 yds in friont of Sandra on the road. She called "you should be on the cycle track " and then I heard an awful bang and metallic scraping. I turned round to see Sandra sprawled across the path and ran back to see her.
She was initially unconscious, and bleeding a lot form a deep wound on her chin. She came to and then passed out again, by which time a passing motorist had called for an ambulance.
Her Giro helmet was wrecked, she had a nylon burn on her face where the helmet had twisted and the strap had gone across her cheek.
S was strapped to a spinal board and neck brace and in hospital had x rays of skull, jaw, cervical spine, left wrist, lower spine and right leg. Luckily, nothing appeared to be broken, but she looks like she has been mugged. Basically, it is easier to say where she doesn't hurt rather than where she does.
The point of impact was the front of her helmet and her chin. I hate to think what would have happened if she hadn't been wearing her helmet.
There is still some suspicion that her jaw might be fractured but we have to wait until the swelling has gone down and they might need to do more x rays.
I know this has been done to death but please please wear your helmet. 5 hours in casualty wondering if your loved one has fractured her skull or broken her neck is not an experience I want to repeat.
As it is, hopefully a bit of TLC and she'll be back to normal.
She can't remember the accident, but I think she clipped the curb when going from road to path. She was going quite fast and the front wheel of her bike is wrecked, which would suggest she hit something solid.