A Pennsylvania man and a 12-year-old were riding on a motorcycle a few weeks back. As they were riding down the highway, a stray piece of wood obstructed their path. The motorcycle riders ran over the slab of wood, causing their vehicle to topple over.
The motorcycle slid for more than 300 feet and when it finally came to a stop, the carnage of the motorcycle accident was clear: the man driving the motorcycle had suffered a serious head injury because he was not wearing a helmet. The 12-year-old child seemed to be in better shape after the crash (for the child did wear a helmet), but still suffered a broken leg. After being taken to a local hospital, it was discovered that the man had a broken skull.
Thought the wreck is truly an accident, this serious motorcycle crash will serve as an important reminder to the biking community in Pittsburgh to wear a helmet.
There are two crucial reasons to wear your helmet; and the first one is not only the most obvious, but the most important as well. When you are riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet dramatically increases your chances of surviving an accident. Your head is very vulnerable in any motor vehicle accident -- but especially on a motorcycle.
But another important reason to wear your helmet is to protect yourself from your insurance company. Your personal injury claims could be denied by your insurer if they found out you were not wearing a helmet during a motorcycle accident.
Source: WPXI, "Man suffers broken skull, child hurt in Donegal motorcycle crash," July 13, 2012
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