Shown above is an amazing picture of the bicycle helmet of an Australian boy, James, that was involved in an accident recently. According to the Herald Sun in Victoria “James was riding his scooter on the footpath with his mother Stephanie, on their daily midday run to collect his sister from kindergarten around the corner, when he was hit by a reversing car just a couple of houses down. ‘She didn’t realise she hit him, so she kept driving,’ Ms Hay said.” James was taken to hospital and treated for broken bones and other injuries, but will recover fully due to his helmet.
The Royal Children’s Hospital Director of Trauma Services, Warwick Teague stated “The contemplation when you view the helmet is this story would have only had one other ending, had he not been wearing the helmet. For parents who have a kid who refuses to wear a helmet, they might think for a moment, ‘It’s only on the footpath, or a short journey’. These are the thoughts that might haunt a parent after a significant injury.”
The takeaway point from this accident is that parents and carers must ALWAYS force their children to use a helmet on a bike, even if only going outside for a few minutes. Make it a family rule, if there is no helmet then there is no bike (scooter or skateboard). James’ helmet saved his life, a bike helmet could save your child’s life to.
For information on how to fit a child’s bike helmet take a look at the video from SafeKids USA.
Photo courtesy of The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.