Helmet Letter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Motorcycle rider credits helmet for head protection in accident

I would like to tell you about something that happened to me so that people will understand why some laws really need to be upheld!

On June 25, my husband and I were going to Eureka Springs for a motorcycle show. We live in Mississippi which has a helmet law and in Arkansas you don’t have to wear one. As we were coming into a little town called Cherry Valley, my husband Jim slowed down to the speed limit of 45 m.p.h. and the next thing I knew I was waking up on the pavement on my back wondering what I was doing there. Jim had just ran up to me after getting the bike and trailer pulled over and I saw the horror in his eyes of what just happened!

I had somehow fallen off of the bike — just a few minutes before that I had gotten real sick and nauseous and then I passed out —  I was hurting pretty bad all over except for my head — my helmet was still on and not a bruise or bump was on my head. My Guardian Angel was with me that day for sure!

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The ambulances finally came and also five police cars. At the hospital in Jonesboro, they must have taken a ka-zillion x-rays and found out that I only had three broken bones in my foot and a million bruises and scrapes.

I will say this for the rest of my life – that wearing that helmet did save my life!

I want to tell everyone that PLEASE wear a helmet. No matter what you are riding, put it on!

Thank you,

Bea Hardin