Advocacy & Safety - Would A Helmet Have Saved Her Life?
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09-17-04, 01:59 PM
Would A Helmet Have Saved Her Life?
09-17-04, 02:20 PM
not sure - helmets don't really protect the face too well. i would guess she wouldn't have died, but probably would have suffered serious injury. we would need more details about how she fell, the angle, etc.. by the way - who falls on their face? isn't the natural instinct to turn toward your side or back as you're falling? somehow i think she would have been better off with just some basic tumbling skills.
the face is not the problem, she obviously hit her forehead when she fell face first and a helmet covers your fore head. having a helmet definitely would have softened the blow to her head area.
09-17-04, 04:55 PM
by the way - who falls on their face? isn't the natural instinct to turn toward your side or back as you're falling? somehow i think she would have been better off with just some basic tumbling skills.
A few years ago my wife and I were walking at night down a paved trail. All of a suddne, she just fell on her face. No warning, no ???. She did not faint. Broke her nose.
Don't be too judgmental. Strange things happen.
09-17-04, 05:03 PM
A lot of people who have never experianced this think thta agility will get you out of it. Not true if it is sudden and you are thrown off the bike. We will never know for sure weather a helmet would of helped I do know that it wouldn't of hurt to have one on, just in case.
Ok, I can say for sure, I was thrown off my bike at 20+ mph and landed on my face, bruised my lip and the front of my helmet saved my life by taking the fall since it stood out far enough that it even saved my expensive rudy project sunglasses from any scratches whatsoever.
Just a month ago I had readjusted the straps so they were tighter and the helmet wouldn't slide back in just such an incident and that's what saved my life.
I shudder to think I see so many people with these helmets worn so far back that the forehead's completely uncovered...
09-18-04, 12:00 AM
A helmet saved me in a face-first fall. The crushed area of the helmet was the part that covered my forehead.
I might not have been killed, but thinking abstractly might have been a problem after that.
Helmets are the cheapest insurance against catastrophic head injuries from a fall.
After ice-skating with my brother-in-law this summer, I wonder if skaters might benefit from a really dorky-looking helmet. I watched as my son fell on the ice and hit his face. My brother-in-law came to the rescue, and promptly fell backward while the back of his head bounced on the ice. Buy one get one free.
09-18-04, 05:19 AM
Wouldn't have hurt.
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