I hear of a lot of talk about Bradley Wiggins calling for bicycle helmets to be compulsory. I agree with him. They should be compulsory..here is why:
Back in 2006 I had a bicycle accident where a van swerved into me. Won’t go into too much detail but basically it was the drivers fault, he lost control of his van and I was hit.
I suffered a few injuries including chipped vertebrae (and three of my vertebrae are compressed), broken hand, chipped teeth, damaged coccyx and the top part of my left arm seems to be permanently numb and just feels odd. I have mentioned my accident before on my blog, probably in connection with the return of my love of cycling. That was this year, six years after the day that kind of changed my life.
I ended up in hospital for a week and off work for over 15 weeks. I couldn’t even bath myself as I was in plaster for ages and couldn’t bend down! I had depression for years and still have it to a degree.
I was wearing a helmet, that was cracked in five plus places. It was a mess! What if that was just my head? I managed to break bones in that accident, I managed to break my teeth! It is something that I don’t really want to think about. I personally feel that that helmet saved me from developing a head injury and probably saved my life. OK I don’t know this for a fact but now I am back on my bike, I am wearing a helmet and my daughter wears one in her trailer too. I wouldn’t risk not wearing a helmet. It takes a few pounds to buy and a few seconds to put on. If anything happened to me now I have my daughter and I wasn’t wearing a helmet…if anything happened to her and she wasn’t wearing a helmet, now that is something I don’t want to ever ever think about. How guilty would I feel?
My life may of been a bit different now if I wasn’t wearing mine. All in all I have a good life. I still suffer with my back and coccyx but I can deal with that, especially knowing that it could of been a lot worse.
Edited to say: Apparently Bradley Wiggins said that it is due to legal reasons why people should wear helmets not due to safety. I do know for a fact that it certainly is easier legally if you wear a helmet. This post still stands and I personally think it should be compulsory mainly for safety reasons.