Bike helmets – Not so bad

How does it feel to have a truck run over your head? According to Ryan Lipscomb: “Really strange.”

This happened to him and he lived to tell about it.

Lipscomb suffered a concussion but was otherwise unhurt. He was shaken up, especially after he saw his mangled helmet.

Lipscomb was riding down a bike path in Madison, Wisc. As he approached an intersection, he noticed a delivery truck preparing to make a right turn in front of him.

The truck wasn’t going to stop, Lipscomb said, so he slammed on his brakes, flipping his bike and landing in the street. A moment later the truck rolled over his head.

“I didn’t see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head. It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head.”

His black helmet was flattened, tread marks visible on the cracked frame. Lipscomb was taken to a hospital and released about three hours later.

Lipscomb does plan to ride again once he gets a new helmet. Thank goodness for bike helmets.

To read more and to see a picture of the crushed helmet, click here.


  1. I have ridden my share of miles on bike paths and roads (3000 miles in a year). The way it sounds, he was going pretty fast and assumed that since he a green light all vehicles would stop before crossing the bike path/crosswalk. I never assume a vehicle is going to stop before a crosswalk/bike path. I counted 400 cars coming out of side streets and 84% of them did not stop before the cross walk. I also know to slow down when crossing a street on a bike path to make sure that traffic is stopped or no vehicles are coming. Yes the truck driver maybe at fault for not verifing what he hit (curb or something else) but I believe the cyclist has to take some blame also due to his speed.

  2. my brother had LOTS of bicycle accidents like running into a fork lift and flip over the handlebars and get a sprained wrist just to name a few.

  3. 2-Pattmann, you mean just to name two. I find that hard to believe-a truck ran over his head and he SURVIVED? How strong WAS that helmet?

  4. I used to hate wearing my helmet. I used to not wear it when I was around my school because all of my friends didn’t wear their helmets. I still don’t like to wear my helmet. But I advise you people that will read this, PLEASE WEAR YOUR HELMETS!!! My friends mom was riding through a woods and she went flying over her handel bars. But, she was wearing her helmet so she didn’t suffer any head damage. So WEAR YOUR HELMETS PEOPLE!! I also wish top scientists would make a helmet that you put on but you can’t see or feel it. But when you are about to fall off or hit something, a sensor in the helmet would click on and make the helmet visible and you could feel it.

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