Bicyclist seriously injured in Jamaica Plain

Updated, 11:25 p.m.

State Police report a bicyclist suffered serious injuries when he lost control of his bike on Perkins Street, just west of the Jamaicaway, around 3:20 p.m.

No cars were involved, State Police say, adding that the man, 64 and a Jamaica Plain resident, was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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State Police update:
"Investigation determined that the 64 y/o male bicyclist from Jamaica Plain lost control of his bike, causing it to crash. There were no vehicles involved. He is still being treated at BWH for serious injuries."

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Not wearing a helmet.

As someone who is helping a relative through a traumatic brain injury, do everything you can to protect your noggin. It's not shaming. It's some of the best advice you can get.

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Bike helmet saved my noggin 3x

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I have broken 3 helmets in my 30 years of city biking. Very grateful for the protection.

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My helmet saved my life

I fell sideways on a badly maintained abandoned rail crossing. I was knocked out for a bit, my helmet split up the back and deformed from the force of the impact, I had a horrible headache for a week after, but I survived.

I was taken to the hospital, evaluated, and released. The ER Docs passed the helmet around and took pictures and several peeked in to tell me that my helmet saved my life. The area of my head that I hit is highly perfused and usually generates subdural hemotomas when smacked. The vessels there are particularly prone to breaking - kind of the skull version of an Achilles Heel. Needless to say, my 2 year old and 4 month old were happy to see me, and 20 years later they probably had a better time growing up than they would have without their mom.

I almost always wear a helmet - travel with one, even, so I can rent bikes and have my own. I know some grown adults don't like them and that is their perogative, but I've had one too many concussions from sportsing to really feel right not wearing one.

There is plenty of evidence to back up the fact that helmets protect your head - not in all crashes, but better than nothing in many scenarios. Choosing not to wear one is your own lookout - and blaming crash victims for not wearing them (when they can't help you if you are run over) is unacceptable. That some cyclists resort to spreading misinformation about their limited, but documented safety value, however, is equally unacceptable.

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