Originally Posted by Reid
Wow...that was quite an accident to survive. Glad you came through it ok.
Thanks. It was pretty intense.
You can find a study to prove or disprove pretty much any theory. And folks always tend to find the ones that support their beliefs, or else they just create one . . .
No, a helmet does not make you invincible. What it does do is significantly increase your chances of surviving a crash, at any speed. Just as full armor decreases your likelihood of getting massive road rash, or broken bones. That is not only blatantly obvious to anyone looking at it with an open mind, but it is proven to me since I've lived it myself, as have too many of my friends.
If you choose to ride without a helmet, then at least be honest and state that it is a choice you're making, with specific risks and consequences. But saying that wearing the gear just doesn't matter at all is simply false. That's probably why the study you mentioned was basically thrown out in Nebraska.
I deal with a lot of new riders who think that denim jeans qualify as proper riding gear. I try to provide evidence that it's not true (denim shreds very quickly on asphalt). Some of them listen, some don't. And invariably, a few of them will come back with serious road rash on their knees saying "Hey man, I guess you were right . . . "
And some of them will come back with zero road rash and a trashed pair of riding pants and just say "Thanks, man . . . "