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Pushing for helmet safety during National Brain Injury Awareness month


David Mott's life could have been different, but it was one day, one accident that changed his life forever.

"David's motorcycle accident was July 14th, 1999. Never forget that day," said Sharon Mott, David's mother.

"I was going home or going to work. I can't remember, down Franklin and a lady missed, pulled out. A lady ran her red blinking light. I put my motorcycle down to avoid a crash and I slid under her back end and I hit my head on the cement."

After the accident, David was in a coma for a month. He went to a brain injury rehabilitation center in Ankeny for about four months. He now lives with his mother.

"If I could have a time machine, I would go back and put a helmet on me. Because I would save, put my family through a lot of heck and trouble. "

March is National Brain Injury Awareness month. David is now on a mission to get as many people as he can to wear a helmet.

"David viewed his points on it, the 18 and under and the extra money if you don't wear a helmet. I would like to see it mandatory in the state of Iowa," said Sharon Mott.

According to Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, only 15% of motorcyclists in Iowa wear a helmet.

Harmony House in Waterloo is a step by step brain injury rehabilitation center.

Their goal this month along with the Northeast Iowa Brain Injury Alliance is to talk about brain injury prevention and they say that includes wearing your helmet.

"I would say walk through Harmony House and decide if wearing a helmet is more of an infringement on your freedom than living this sort of facility life," said Brenna Schaefer, Recreation Coordinator at Harmony House.

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