Apologies if this is covered in another thread - The search function is giving me random results.
While biking home from work on Friday, I was hit by an inattentive motorist making an illegal and bizarrely unpredictable manoeuvre at an inopportune time. Totally his fault, I'm an extremely attentive rider, etc. etc. I was very lucky, as the combined speed of impact was probably only around 30km/h (head-on) and the driver swerved at the last second so I didn't wind up under the car. My injuries were relatively minor, mostly resulting from my face hitting his driver side mirror. Thank god for plastic car parts!
Anyways, after the fact I saw that the left lens on my sunglasses had a significant gouge in it, right in the center, and my nose was bruised where the impact pushed the sunglasses' frame into it. The lens material is fairly low-grade plastic stuff, but I can only imagine that my left eye would have been seriously damaged or perhaps even removed if not for the bit of protection afforded by the lens.
I almost always ride with glasses (clear lenses at night) just because I find it more comfortable (keeps the wind out of my eyes); Now I'm thinking there might be some reason to do so for safety reasons. What are your thoughts and opinions? Was this simply a freak accident? Common injury? Considering the possible severity of injury, mightn't this become another safety nannies' call for mandatory safety-glasses laws?