I hate to say it but I told them so! There were 2 separate incidents this week where two people were killed in accidents and it’s safe to say they probably died because they weren’t wearing a safety helmet. The first incident involved a motorcyclist who was participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York. He died after he flipped over the bike's handlebars and hit his head on the pavement. Troopers say the victim would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet. I wonder if his fellow protesters are beginning to question their stance on helmet laws after seeing their friend needlessly killed? The second accident involved a collision between a motorcyclist and a car in Texas. Although the details of this incident are still being investigated, it is safe to say the motorcyclist would have had a better chance of survival if he was wearing a safety helmet. To be honest, I simply don’t understand why people choose NOT to wear a safety helmet. Although helmets cannot guarantee your survival, they are the best method of protection we have to date. Some people argue they want to exercise their right to choose yet we have laws governing the use of safety belts so why not helmets? I sincerely wish I could ask Natasha Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson, if she would have chosen to wear a safety helmet if given a second chance. Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident in 2009. She was skiing on a beginner slope in ideal skiing conditions and was accompanied by a qualified ski instructor. I am 100% sure she would still be alive today if she had been wearing a safety helmet at the time of the accident. Needless to say, in my business (Tail Wags Helmet Covers), I regularly hear from customers who have suffered serious sporting injuries. They credit their safety helmets with saving their lives. That’s my story too: my ski helmet saved my life when I skied full speed in to a tree and shattered my helmet. Better my helmet than my head! As parents, our job is to protect our kids from needless injury. Please ensure they are wearing a safety helmet when biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, using their scooter, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and riding a horse. Yes, it’s a long list but it’s better to be safe than sorry! What’s the best way to encourage your kids to wear a safety helmet? Role model the behaviour for them!!!
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