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Couple Credits Helmet for Saving Their Life

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A Minnesota couple knows all to well the importance of wearing a helmet. They say helmets saved both of their lives in a motorcycle accident last year.

Days like today, Todd and Nancy Pearson like going for joyrides on their motorcycle, but a joyride last August, quickly turned to anything but.

 "We had no time," says Pearson.

 The Pearson's hit a deer, knocking them both off of the bike leaving them with critical injuries.

 "I broke 5 ribs and punctured a few lungs," says Pearson. 

They still have scars from the crash, that they know could've been a lot worst. 

"With out this, I would've been a vegetable," says Pearson.

You can still see the skidmarks on this helmet from the accident. The Pearson's say because of this their lives were saved.

"This is first hit and the second hit," says Pearson.

Both Nancy and Todd still ride motorcycles, but now they ride a little differently.

"We weren't geared correctly. We always have gloves on and proper clothing now," says Pearson.

And they never forget what saved their lives, on that August day.

"This helmet right here was key."

The Pearsons say even when it's a 90 degree day outside they put on their helmets, gloves, and proper clothing.  That's something they see so many people forget to do.

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