Thanks to Sandra from Australia (of Competitive Cycling fame) for sending me an image of a helmet involved in a crash. Its branded Tioga. Her friend was descending from Mt. Coot-tha when the person took a bad spill that ended up putting some serious cuts and bruises to the face and breaking a couple of vertebrates as well.
The lid is completely destroyed. Whether a helmet saves your life or not may be still moot, but keep staring at the picture above.
What do you think? Did it do its "as designed job"? Does it look too fragile? Perhaps one of the commentators, Richard Keatinge, from my "How a Bicycle Helmet Works" post will be very interested in this image. Comment away.