81 Reasons Why Not Wearing A Helmet Is The Dumbest Thing You Can Do (New Pics)


When David Hollister introduced a seat belt bill in Michigan in the early 1980s that imposed a fine for not buckling up, the state representative received hate mail comparing him to Hitler. At the time, only 14 percent of Americans regularly wore seat belts, even though the federal government required lap and shoulder belts in all new cars starting in 1968.


Drivers and passengers were arguing that seat belts were uncomfortable and restrictive, but the uproar was mostly ideological.


Similarly, growing up in Northern Europe in the 1990s, I constantly heard kids on my block say that only stupid dorks wore helmets when riding their bikes. "What, can't you drive?", they'd ask, preparing a heavy barrage of insults.


But just like seat belts, this gear is often the deciding factor that separates life and death. To remind you that putting on a helmet is the smartest thing you can do, we at Bored Panda compiled a list of scary accidents that could've been much worse if it wasn't for them.


Continue scrolling to check out the pics, and if you need more proof, fire up our earlier publication on the topic here.


#1 The Soldier Receives His Mounted Helmet That Took A 7.62 Round At 20 Feet While Wearing It


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#2 Another Reason To Wear A Helmet


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#3 Reminder To Always Wear A Helmet


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#4 Kevlar Helmet Of An Orlando Police Officer Who Was Hit In Today's Shooting


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#5 German-Supplied Helmet Stopped A Ricochet 7.62x54mm Bullet Used By Various Russian Weapons - Not All Donated Equipment Is Junk, Even If It's Old By Modern Nato Standards


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#6 Always Wear A Helmet


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#7 Helmet Donated From Community Non-Profit Saved TDF Member From Sniper Shot


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#8 Romain Grosjean Showed How His Helmet Turned Out After The Accident In Bahrain


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#9 Parents, Please Make Sure Your Children Wear Helmets! They Do Work


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#10 This Is Why You Wear A Helmet


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#11 The Guy Wearing This Survived (Wear Your Helmet On Your Motorcycle, Kids)


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#12 Can Anyone Tell Me Why Anything Other Than Full Face Helmets Are A Good Idea?


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#13 Two Years Ago Today, This Dot Certified Helmet Absorbed A 50mph Impact And Saved My Life


On this day two years ago, this DOT-certified helmet saved my life. It successfully absorbed the majority of a 50mph impact on pavement. There is an indent on the front left that would have surely been a fractured skull without it, and numerous scrapes around the top and chin that would have left me maimed if it did not stay on my head throughout the entirety of the crash. Fortunately, my mind and body are working properly today because of this life-saving equipment.


 


If you are a rider, I encourage you to own and wear one of these every time you ride. I recommend one with a face shield or guard. If you know someone who rides, please encourage them to wear one.


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#14 Here Is The Helmet Of A Guy Who Went Head-First Into The Base Of A Lift Tower And Walked Away With A Minor Concussion. Wear A Helmet


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#15 Motorcycle Helmet Post Crash


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#16 This Is Why You Should Wear Helmets. The Helmet Took The Hit And I Am Okay. Live To Ski Another Day


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#17 Daily Reminder To Wear A Helmet


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#18 Always Wear Your Helmets, I Don’t Want To Think About What Would Have Happened If I Wasn’t Wearing Mine. Stay Safe


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#19 Just A Friendly Reminder To Wear A Helmet. Better The Helmet Crack Open Than My Skull Is How I See It


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#20 Always Wear Your Helmets Cheese Bags And Never Trust Ice Patches


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#21 Wear Your Helmet


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#22 Will Always Wear A Helmet From Now On


Was biking on the 4th of July and people were setting off fireworks. The next thing I know I hear a massive explosion in my ear and my head feels hot. Turns out a pretty big firework somehow went off right above my head. Had minor hearing loss for a day.


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#23 Wear A Helmet


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#24 A Helmet Will Save A Life Or A Face


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#25 Guy Survives Round To The Head Thanks To A Kevlar Helmet


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#26 This Helmet Was Shot By A Tear Gas Grenade During The Protest In Iraq


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#27 Daily Reminder To Always Wear A Helmet


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#28 Reminder To Always Wear A Helmet


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#29 There Were A Few Bugs On My Ride Tonight


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#30 My Friend Also Was Saved By His Helmet Recently


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#31 Wear Your Helmets. This One May Have Saved My Life


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#32 Wear A Helmet Please


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#33 This Is Why You Wear A Full Face Helmet With Visor


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#34 This Is Why I Wear A Helmet


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#35 I'm Glad I Got A Full Face Helmet


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#36 Friendly PSA To Wear Your Helmet Kids. Trees Are Hard. That Would've Been My Skull


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#37 My Dad's Motorcycle Helmet Deflected A Bullet


The author said: "He was shot at during an attempted carjacking while riding last night. He was shot in the leg and the helmet. He'll recover since the bullet that hit his leg didn't hit anything important. He was riding a vintage Harley down the block and some guy got out of his car and pointed the gun at my dad. Dad said he popped the clutch and made the guy stumble and that's when he got shot. Dad did return fire but didn't know if he hit the guy. He rode away and called the police once he was safe"


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#38 Wear Your Helmet Kids


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#39 My Mom Braked For 60 Foot And Then Had A Stroke. She Tumbled And Rolled 70 Feet After And Got Scratches, But That Could Have Been So Much Worse


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#40 Is Your Life Worth More Than $40?


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#41 Here's The Helmet That Saved My Life


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#42 This Helmet Saved A 5-1/2 Year Old Involved In A Collision Saturday From A Significant Brain Injury Or Worse. Helmets Are Good


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#43 Cyclist Arrived In ED With This Helmet - Surprisingly Fine. Imagine His Skull Without A Helmet


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#44 This Helmet Saved My Life On The Brooklyn Bridge When I Crashed Into Wandering Tourists On The Bike Lane


It’s a Giro Cormick MIPS. It did it’s job but I did pass out (docs thought no concussion). Is there an even safer helmet? I’m thinking maybe Giro Aether or Bell Z20 both MIPS. Thoughts?


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#45 Broken Elbow, But Helmet Saved My Noggin! Grateful I Was Wearing One


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#46 This, Kids, Is Why We Wear Helmets. Stacked It At 43 Km/H, Helmet Took The Brunt


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#47 Daily Reminder To Wear Your Gear, My Buddy's Helmet After His Crash. No Head Injuries


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#48 Flying Debris Broke My Visor


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#49 So Uhhh Helmets Yeah?


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#50 My Helmet Just Saved My Life


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#51 Just A Reminder As To Why You Should Always Wear A Helmet


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#52 This Helmet Saved My Life This Weekend. I Only Bought And Started Using A Helmet Two Weeks Ago. Please Always Wear One


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#53 This Is One Lucky Guy


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#54 Guy Fell 20m In Scotland A Few Weeks Ago. Helmet Saved His Life, Only Needed 4 Stitches In The Back Of His Head, Broken Ribs, Broken Vertebrae, Bruised Lungs, And Some Bumps. Wear A Helmet


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#55 Glad I Didn’t Wear My Open-Face Helmet


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#56 My Son's Helmet After We Took A Tumble This Afternoon. He Is Totally Fine, But I Hate To Think What Would Have Happened If He Wasn't Wearing One


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#57 This Is My Favorite Helmet Because It Saved My Life


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#58 A Reminder That Helmets Save Lives


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#59 As Someone Who Was Anti-Helmet For Years, I'd Like To Thank My Wife For Insisting I Wear One. That Would Have Been My Head


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#60 The Helmet Possibly Saved Me From Serious Harm


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#61 Thank God For Helmets


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#62 I Won't Be Using It Again, But I Now Love This Helmet


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#63 Helmet May Have Saved My Life Last Night


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#64 I Wear A Helmet All The Time, But I'm Still Super Thankful I Had This On. It Saved Me (Or My Family) A Ton Of Grief


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#65 Those Scratches Could Have Been Serious Trauma And Damage To My Face, Jaw, And Head If Had It Not Been For The Helmet. I Wish More People Use Helmets


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#66 Wear Your Helmets. Mine Saved My Life Tonight


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#67 I Love Helmets


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#68 This Is From A Crash In Oak Bay. That Is Why I Always Wear A Helmet, And So Do My Kids


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#69 I Got Hit By A Car. Chances Are I Wouldn’t Have Made It If I’d Not Been Wearing A Good Helmet. Don’t Be A Helmet And Wear One


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#70 I Stumbled Onto A Couple Of Pictures From When One Of My Helmets Broke. The Broken Collar Bone And Broken Knee Guard Were Bonuses


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#71 Thank Goodness I Wore A Helmet And Shades


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#72 Wear Your Helmets People


I was out riding on a road I have been on many times before. But last Thursday 5/16 I was hit by a pickup truck. I do not remember the accident but someone who witnessed it said I flew a ways and landed on my back and head. I spent a day in the hospital and now just a little banged up. I believe if it wasn't for the helmet it would have been much worse.


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#73 I Broke This One Good Along With My Collarbone


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#74 Helmets Good. Concussion Bad


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#75 Not The Most Dramatic Post-Crash Helmet Picture, But Posting For Commenters In My Other Post Who Were Questioning The Value Of Wearing A Helmet


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#76 Daily Reminder To Always Wear A Helmet


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#77 Reminder #122,824 To Wear A Helmet Folks


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#78 Wear A Helmet Kids


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#79 Wear A Helmet. This Dent Would've Been In My Skull


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#80 When Your Helmet Saves You, But Not In The Way You Expect


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#81 I Hit A Huge Swarm Of Bugs On My First Ride With My New Helmet


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