I had my first cycling crash today, and my helmet saved my life. I was descending from a big climb, and all of the sudden I went off the road, and woke up later laying face down and completely disoriented over the hillside. I couldn't remember where I was or how I got there. Somehow I managed to call my mother with my cell phone, but I don't remember getting it out and dialing the number. I took my helmet off, and my cycling cap underneath had blood smeared all on the inside and seeping through. Somehow my head got cut through the helmet, and head wounds always bleed a lot. I don't remember if I got ran off the road, or what happened. My vision is blurred a bit as I type this, and my head is aching, I feel like I'm sick or something. My helmet has some dings in it, and I think that if I hadn't been wearing it, I'd be dead.
It was just a couple of months ago that I started employing my helmet full time. I used to just throw on my cap for some of my rides that had less traffic. This was one of my rides that I didn't wear a helmet on sometimes. But today my brain just got rattled around, and my body scraped up instead of it getting popped open and me dying.