"All Cyclists Should Be Wearing a Cycle Helmet" says Dorset Fire Chief After Daughter Crashes
8:29am 16th May 2014
(Updated 8:30am 16th May 2014)
Lifesaving protective measures have saved the daughter of a Dorset Fire Chief from potential serious injury.
Lead Road Safety Officer Ben Ansell's 13 year old girl Hannah, was hit by a van and thrown into the air while cycling to School.
Luckily she only suffered minor injuries and puts it down to wearing a cycle helmet - pictured below.
Officer Ansell says all cyclists should be wearing one;
"In my time in the fire service I have seen lots of road traffic collisions, but I felt I needed to share my personal experience in the hope that others can learn from it.
I know that had Hannah not been wearing her helmet on Tuesday morning (14th May), this could be a totally different incident - her helmet really did save her life.
I would urge all cyclists to make sure they have the proper protective clothing including a well fitted helmet."
He added: "I would also like to thank the police officers, paramedics, nurses and doctors who looked after Hannah. In particular, I would like to praise the actions of a GP doctor who came to Hannah's aid and ensured that she was not moved before the arrival of the emergency services".
(Thanks to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for the images.)