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to wear or not wear a helmet?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by pipeline, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. pipeline

    pipeline 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    A friend of mine is in the hospital after falling 75 feet down a cliff. He was riding his 4-wheeler with some friends and had gottin off of his to help someone else. While walking back to his 4-wheeler he slipped. He had a helmet on but it wasn't strapped on. So as he fell the helmet came off. Thank the lord that only injuries that he has is a broken jaw and the left side of his face is smashed up pretty bad. No broken neck, back, arms, legs or brain injuries. But I was wondering if the helmet hadn't come off would he be hurt worse? It might had saved his face but what about his neck?
     
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    That sounds like a bit of a freak situation. The helmet is designed to primarily protect the brain from injury, usually everything else is secondary. It really can't protect your neck or it would be too restrictive on your heads range of motion, and reduce visibility.

    But the general idea is that the helmet should be worn while riding, not walking around. That would be a different type of helmet, like for rock climbing or something.
    If you're asking if you should wear a helmet when riding, I would say absolutely. His injuries would probably be much worse if he added the inertia/motive-force of being thrown from the quad without a helmet.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I thought that you wore yours 24/7?:D
     
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    Do as Ratch says, not as Ratch does.
     
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    Helmet on.


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    It's called a brain bucket for more than one reason...
     
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    yes it is.i wonder if i would rather be dead or paralized from the neck down??
     
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    Paralyzed from the neck down thank you very much.
     
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    yea, maybe wanting being dead would be selfish.i don;t know...
     
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    His injuries wouldnt be worse. A helmet would absorb the impact, not make his neck take more of the force...
     
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    yeah i'm not seeing where your logic of not wearing the helmet being safer is coming from.
     
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    i know. i'm just talking in general.when i hit that refrigerator on my three wheeler a helmet saved my ass.it was a Bell moto3.pretty good helmet for 86.:haha: it was cracked in three places after the wreck.and i was still knocked out.:laugh:
     
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    O i just replied in general, didnt mean you...lol:crazy: thats what i get for going to fast...:doah::p:
     
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    i'm talking if you were paralized from the neck down. or dead from not wearing a helmet.what would be worse???
     
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    i do it all the time.:haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    I believe also that he would be in better condition if the helmet had stayed on. And to give an update on him. They have moved him out of ICU and put him in his own room. Today they are going to do surgery to his jaw. He is hopeing to come home Sat..
     
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    We would all be safer if we wore a helmet and pads 24/7, but its not practical. On the bike, absolutely-no question- a helmet is a good idea. While walking and accidentally slipping, it couldn't hurt, but that is a freak accident that no one can anticipate.

    Sounds like your friend is doing better. That is good to hear. If they are working on his jaw, does that mean that his neck is stabilized?
     
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    :thinking:
     
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    That's exactly why I wear mine everywhere.
     

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