Was in Daytona this past weekend. My son-in-law was driving back to Tampa on Sunday, separate from me, and got whacked about 30 minutes out of Daytona....by a 4x8 sheet of plywood. That would be funny, if it were not. His helmet was carefully placed on the rear seat backrest, not his head. He just left the hospital in Sanford this evening, headed back to Tampa. Fractured clavicle, fractured and depressed orbit, multiple scrapes and abrasions on his face, and a scraped up left hand (he's left handed). A pretty damn good report, considering the possibilities. He had just bought some new glasses at the speedway, and showed them to me right before he left. I didn't put 1+1 together, to realize he was planning on not wearing his helmet. He virtually always wears it, just not on that particular fateful ride. The pickup in front of him was towing a trailer with plywood not secured well enough, and one sheet flew up 15-20 feet in the air (he says) and there were no better options left or right. Surgery has repaired the fractured orbit. A sling will be the treatment for the clavicle. The hand just needs to heal up. Anyway, as a shoutout for humanity, the truck driver stopped to render assistance, and provided insurance to the trooper. They just had a baby on February 3, and really didn't need this. The baby was in NICU for a couple of weeks, and still requires 6 hour catheters from my daughter, his wife, an RN. A helmet certainly would have helped him avoid all the facial damage. On the other hand, I have speculated that a helmet may have caused a neck injury, or spinal damage. So, I'm torn on this one. I wear my helmet 95% of the time, with an occasional ride to the store without. It's just one of those freak things that you cannot see coming, predict, or protect from on a bike. Overall, God was watching over him.
These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine December, 1776