As an old firefighter I've seen a lot of crashes that could have been worse had a helmet not been in use,
and a lot that since a helmet wasn't used, were worse...
Like one where a van pulled in front of a biker then stopped, he endo'd through the rear window.
Helmet saved him from far worse damage from impacting the top edge of the window frame.
He did take plenty of cuts & bruises, but was able to walk under his own power after leaving the ER.
Helmet did its job, and took the beating that a skull would not.
Recently a young Marine was showing off on his motorcycle in downtown Pensacola. he shot off quickly,
lost control, and crashed...his un-helmeted head striking the curb. Killed him...DRT as we say.
(Dead Right There) By Military Rules, he was supposed to have a helmet on, on or off base...
seems he thought that just because he was off base he could get away with it...but he sure didn't.
Even a shorty helmet would have prevented the damage that killed him.
That one was almost a carbon copy of the wreck that destroyed a good portion of Gary Busey's brain.
That's the other side of not wearing a lid...you might just end up as screwed up as Gary Busey.
Assuming you live...
There are a few crashes which a helmet wouldn't help...mostly due to the amount of damage done...
like hitting a tree on the side of a highway at 60+MPH...or a dump truck...semi...etc...
Heck, a schoolmate of mine had his bike up over 100MPH when he lost control & hit a garbage truck
going the other way on a two-lane bridge...parts of him went all over the place, in & out of the water...
helmet still had his head in it...his Converse shoes still had his feet inside...but none of it was attached.
I was working that night just down the road and heard him take off, winding his bike out...then the weird
sounds when he lost it and started to skid & slide...and the air brakes of the garbage truck...then the CRUNCH.
Boogied over there real quick, but there was nothing anyone could do except console the truck driver that it
wasn't his fault, then start picking up the parts we could find and putting them under a tarp. Had to fish a few
out of the water once it was light...
Morals of the stories?? Showboating can get you killed fast, so wear the protective gear!
And above all, Do Not End Up Like Gary Busey!!!
P.S: Yes, I went for jokes at the end because it's depressing subject, if anything can be said of being a
firefighter for over 20 years, it's that it gives you some pretty good coping mechanisms via really bad jokes.