This 12-year-old girl was left fighting for her life after being hit by a car but it could have been so much worse.
Poppy Jackson was cycling home from school when she was knocked over by a Toyota Aygo.
Thankfully, Poppy was wearing a cycle helmet but the impact on her head fractured her skull.
She has since made a good recovery but Poppy’s mother Caroline is warning other parents to stay vigilant about their children’s safety.
Ms Jackson said a neurologist believed it could have been ’10 times worse or even fatal’ had Poppy not been wearing a helmet.
Poppy said she can’t remember much about the crash, only that she ‘could hear people’s voices’.
She was cycling with her friend Gracie Moore, 12, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, when it happened shortly after 3pm on July 24.
‘I was crying and called my dad to tell him Poppy had been in an accident with a car,’ Gracie told the Wiltshire Times.
‘Poppy was just groaning and a lady helped me and asked me to hold her head still. I gave my phone to a bystander and asked if they could call Poppy’s mum.’
Poppy and her family have now launched a campaign and a petition to make wearing a cycle helmet a legal requirement.
Ms Jackson wrote: ‘4,000 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in 2017 and 70 per cent of these suffered serious head injuries.
‘Wearing a helmet will save lives and reduce serious head injury.
‘Teenagers are particularly reluctant to wear a helmet and making it law takes away this choice.’