About six months ago I was in one of the worst accidents ever. I live in daytona beach, and in florida there is no "helmet law". Everyone rides around without 'em. I was leaving my appartment complex on my gixxer 750 and it just finished raining. the blacktop was wet and my tire was a little bald. I punched it a little and my rear tire slipt out. i was trveling about 20mph and when the bike slipt my head bounced off of the ground like a basketball. i recieved 40 stitches in the front of my face and 7 staples in the back of my head. NO JOKE. I have a six inch scar running down my forehead that will be there forever. I didnt realize that even traveling at such a slow speed I could get hurt this badly. When I stood up blood was pooring out of my head like a faucet. I could literally slide my fingers underneath my scalp and touch my skull. If i had been traveling at 50mph I would most certainly be dead. If I was just wearing a helmet I would be fine with a little road rash. No one can predict a crash. It happens when you least expect it. Everybody goes down. Everybody. And if you havent...then you will. The only thing you can do to prevent it is prepare for it. WEAR yor gear!