Hubby sustained a head injury on a motorcycle going about 15 mph when someone ran in front of him. He missed them but was confronted with oncoming traffic and lost control of his Harley and went down. No helmet. Going slower than some people on horses. He still doesn't remember the accident that was 6 years ago this month. Two brain bleeds, serious road rash on his face, fractured skull, broken collar bone, huge gash in his head, tore a hole an artery that leaked slowly and LOUDLY in his head for 2 years. Titanium plate in his shoulder a week after the accident, brain surgery 2 years later. Still rides his Harley with no helmet, rides his horse etc.
Make no mistake though - this accident took so much from him and changed him in many ways. I started riding with a helmet a year ago and don't ride without one now. My barn buddies ride with helmets but none of our other riding friends do. Don't care. I was the one standing next to hubby that night dabbing the brain fluid leaking out of his ear while he kept asking me "What happened? Where am I? Where is my Harley?" for about 6 hours.
He was lucky he wasn't killed but geez...head injuries change so much in your life it is not worth the risk. I am a careful chick. Yeah...I get some ribbing on my nerd helmet but do I care? No...not in the least. One head injury in this family is way more than enough. I do have pictures of hubby but he would KILL me if I posted them in a public forum. Let's just say they aren't too pretty. Could have been worse. If he had had a helmet on he would have walked away with maybe a broken collarbone.