Recently, my friend Helen and I had just started our morning training ride when one of my head lights broke off and fell into my spokes. I braked hard and pulled over, but unfortunately, Helen crashed into me. The impact knocked her unconscious and broke my neck. Thankfully, we were both wearing our Road IDs.
Once I was in the ambulance, the EMTs saw that I didn't have any allergies and administered meds to get me out of shock, as well as reach my emergency contacts while we were on the way to the hospital. I was not able to speak so the Road ID told them what I couldn't.
I never ride without my Road ID – it’s a no-brainer. It speaks for you when you can't, weighs nothing, and helps first responders make the best decisions available.
Update: My doctor said that my neck was the worst break he had ever seen where the patient could still walk (in 30 years). I have some nerve pain in my right arm and numbness and have to wear a halo screwed into my head for two months but otherwise ok. I hope to get back on the bike again later this year.
- Scott .B from Newport Coast, CA