Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Another Argument for Helmets...

"...A delivery truck ran over a cyclist's head, leaving him only with a concussion and a mangled helmet. Ryan Lipscomb, 26, was shaken up, especially after he saw the condition of his helmet.

"I didn't see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head," he said. "It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head."

Lipscomb, a graduate student in medical physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was riding swiftly down a bike path in Madison Friday afternoon. As he approached an intersection where he said he had a green light, he noticed the truck preparing to make a right turn in front of him.

The truck wasn't going to stop, Lipscomb said, so he slammed on his brakes, flipping his bike and landing in the street. A moment later the truck rolled over his head - and kept going. His black Giro helmet was flattened, tread marks visible on the cracked frame.

Lipscomb was taken to the hospital and released about three hours later. "I'm OK except for a concussion," he said Friday night." (source)

I realize to some it may be an inconsistency, but I'm against seat belt laws and for helmet laws. Truthfully I could care less if someone wears a helmet or not, but my mom is an ICU nurse and I hear all the stories of families that won't admit their cycle rider is brain dead and keep them going long after their insurance runs out...with you and I footing the bill (not to mention life-saving organs going to waste).

This guy should be the new D.O.T. spokesperson...

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