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Cycle helmet protects Staffordshire rider in accident, paramedics say

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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A CYCLE helmet may have saved a Staffordshire bike rider from head injuries when he was involved in a collision with a car this morning, paramedics say.

Two paramedics and and ambulance were called to reports of a collision involving a pushbike and a car at the junction of the A460 and Bognop Road, Essington, shortly before 8.15am today.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The cyclist, a man in his forties, had chest and leg injuries.

"He was wearing a cycle helmet. One of the attending crew remarked how, considering how little such helmets weigh, how effective they are at saving someone where there is an impact.

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"The cyclist was given pain relief at the scene, was immobilised on a spinal board and was taken to New Cross Hospital."

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  • BurttheBike  |  March 25 2014, 6:08PM

    So someone with no expertise or knowledge about the mechanics of collisions commenting that something "may" have had an effect, rates a news story? Why? Given that nowhere with a rise in helmet wearing can show any reduction in risk to cyclists, and that all reliable research shows that they don't reduce risk to cyclists, the opinion of one person not qualified to comment really isn't a news story. What next, accountant thinks that elbow pads are good for pedestrians? Cycle helmets are designed to ameliorate the effects of a single vehicle incident, where the no other vehicle is involved, and they certainly will not provide any significant level of protection in collision with a motor vehicle. Check out the facts, not irrelevant opinions, at cyclehelmets.org

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