A friend's brother had a devastating motorcycle accident last week. I post her words here to remind us all to wear a full face helmet. And for those of you who are not motorcyclists, please watch out for us. Most of our accidents happen because you don't see us.
Since my brother Colin's motorcycle accident, I have become an outspoken advocate for full-face helmets. At the time of his crash, he was wearing a helmet that looks like a WWII German motorcycle helmet replica.
Though it looked cool (to him), the consequences were devastating. He broke EVERY bone in his face. This included shattering both cheek (zygomatic) bones, breaking the occipital bones, shattering his nasal bone, fracturing his hard palate (I think this is the maxilla bone) and the frontal bone (part of skull above the eyes). He broke his jaw (mandible) in two places (the front and on the right side where it attaches to the skull). The mandible pierced the protective sac around the brain. As well, he burst a blood vessel in his head and has a hematoma under the skull near his right temple.
Officer Rand of the Seattle Police Department returned the helmet to my brother at the hospital. It didn't have a scratch on it. Well, not until I took a chain saw to it....haha.