Helmet saves marine’s life

Helmet saves marine’s life

By VMGR-352

One Sunday, Sgt. Marty Cantrell was taking a leisurely ride on his shiny, new sport bike along the scenic highways of San Diego County. A fairly seasoned rider, Sgt. Cantrell had completed all the appropriate military and civilian motorcycle training. He also was smart enough to wear his full-face helmet, leather jacket, leather gloves, heavy-gauge jeans, and sturdy boots.

As Sgt. Cantrell slowed from 30 mph and turned his bike to take the onramp for another highway, he passed through an oil slick. The bike’s tires lost traction with the road, and the bike slid out from under him. His head hit the pavement, and he lost consciousness while sliding 60 feet across the road.

When he regained consciousness, the dazed Sgt. Cantrell moved aimlessly across the onramp to the highway. The crash and subsequent slide had destroyed his helmet, leather jacket and gloves and had damaged his motorcycle to the tune of $9,000. Miraculously, he emerged without a scratch to his body and only a minor concussion, which caused him to miss just one day of work.

Clearly, this incident was a disaster narrowly avoided. When asked today, Sgt. Cantrell will testify that his helmet saved his life. It took all the force of the collision. Motorcycling hazards can be mitigated. Ride safely, wear protective gear, and learn from others’ experiences.

The preceding is a shorter version of an article that appeared in the summer 2003 issue of the Naval Safety Center’s Ground Warrior magazine.

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