Too Many Senseless and Preventable Deaths

Hello all,

I do not usually write much about thing going on at work, but lately I have witnessed a lot of deaths that could have been prevented. I am talking about people that choose not to wear a helmet when riding on ATV’s, Razors, and motorcycles. Wearing a helmet is a personal choice, but in my opinion it is not an intelligent one choosing not to wear it. Do I enjoy riding on the above mentioned recreational vehicles? Yes, I enjoy them very much. But choosing not to wear a helmet is like playing Russian roulette with your life.

I have seen several people die lately, in which several of them were not even out of their teen years. They have not even begun to live life, but now they are gone. Could wearing a helmet guarantee they will not die if they crash? No, but it certainly increases their chances of survival by ten fold.

It is heartbreaking telling a family member their loved one has died, especially when they are not old enough to even drive a car yet. I hear it all of the time. “I grew up on the farm and never wore one. And I didn’t die!” As true as that may be, I consider that person lucky. My very own nephew was in a razor accident yesterday in which, luckily, he only sustained a laceration to his head that required staples. His head CT was clear, again thankfully, but next time he may not be so lucky. Now, when I get my hands on him, he is gonna hear a full on lecture about helmet safety rest assured.

I beg and plead with all of you reading this, the next time you see someone you know going to ride on a recreational vehicle without a helmet, stop them and make them put one on. If you do not, that may be the last time you see them alive. Please spread the word about helmet safety and help me make more people aware of this senseless tragedy.

God Bless you all and I will post something in the near future about my next book.

Jerrid Edgington
Paramedic & Author