A cyclist who crashed head-first into a bus in Bristol has shared the shocking pictures of the incident – and says wearing his helmet saved his life.
Gerry Davis, 55, was cycling home along Fishponds Road near Eastville Park last Wednesday when the tyre of his bike got caught in a pothole.
As the bike jarred, Gerry, a teacher, span around 90 degrees and ended up head first into the windscreen of a double decker bus.
The impact smashed the bus’s windscreen and dad-of-two Gerry was left lying in the roadside
Miraculously, he managed to scramble to safety at the side of the road where he was checked over by a passing doctor before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.
“As I span round 90 degrees I went head first right into the path of the bus,” he said.
“The last thing I remember was looking up from my bike and seeing the bus in front of me,
“I don’t know whether it was the adrenalin, but I managed to get up.”
Passers-by who saw the accident, including a doctor on their way to work, raced to his aid while others called 999.
Gerry, who lives in Horfield, was then taken to Southmead Hospital where he underwent a CT scan to his head
Gerry, who cycles to work three times a week,said: “It was the first time anything like this had happened.
“But the paramedic crews said that if I had not been wearing my helmet my head would have taken the full impact and I would have undoubtedly smashed my skull.
“The fact I am on blood thinners also made it even more dangerous. I could have died.”
Gerry was checked over by medics and discharged.
He escaped mainly unhurt apart from a few bumps and bruises.
The year five teacher is now using his experience to urge others to ensure they wear a helmet while out cycling.
He has shown the pictures taken at the scene – including the smashed windscreen of the bus – to his class in a bid to drive home the safety message.
He also plans to talk to other classes at the school to highlight the importance of being safe while out on a bike.
“I’ve used my experience as part of a safety lesson to my class.
“What happened to me proves what a vital piece of safety equipment a helmet is.
“I know that some people choose not to wear them.
“If sharing my story means that one more person wears a helmet on their bike some good will come out of it.
“It may save someone’s life later down the line.”
There’s no law which compels cyclists of any age to wear a helmet.
However, it’s obviously dangerous to cycle without one and the Highway Code suggests all cyclists wear a safe and well-fitting helmet regardless of what the law says.