Mitch Jarrett after his dirt bike crash.
Mitch Jarrett after his dirt bike crash.

Decision to not wear helmet almost costs rider his life

MITCH Jarrett can't tell you why he decided not to wear a helmet when he went dirt bike riding, but says it's a decision that almost cost him his life.

Mr Jarrett had been camping at a friend's property near Toowoomba over Easter, when he and his brother decided to go for a ride to one of the nearby dams.

"Right before we left I actually thought to myself 'we should get the helmets out' and then I thought 'ah well I'll do it when I get back', but I never made it back," he said. 

On the way back from the dam, he was following his brother, travelling at around 60 km, and was blinded by the dust the lead bike was kicking up

Suddenly hit an ant hill.

Mr Jarrett was flung an estimated 30m from his bike, with the impact knocking him unconscious.

"I was following my brother back to the house on my bike and that's all I can remember," he said.

It wasn't until his brother got back to the house that he realised Mr Jarrett wasn't following him anymore.

"He jumped back on his bike and came back and found me, and I was only just waking up when he got to me, so I was knocked out that whole time," he said.

Mr Jarrett was covered in gravel rash, bleeding from the head, had significant internal bruising on his skull and was drifting in and out of consciousness.

"He just told me to lay still and he went back and got dad and the ute. When they got back to me they said I was sitting up. Dad came over and asked me if I could move my legs," he said.

Good Friday dirt bike crash.
Good Friday dirt bike crash.

Next thing they knew, two ambulances and the Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter were on the way.

"It was pretty stressful for mum and she found it very comforting that the LifeFlight crew was coming to get me," Mr Jarrett said.

His family had to cut down some trees to allow the helicopter to land near the house. After being carefully loaded into the chopper, Mr Jarrett was then flown to Toowoomba Hospital for head scans.

Luckily he was cleared of a serious head injury.

"The doctors told me I was very, very lucky to come out of it and still be able to walk, let alone to still be alive after coming off at that speed and hitting my head that hard," he said.

"I am very thankful to God, he was definitely looking after me on Good Friday."

Mr Jarrett had heard of LifeFlight before, but never thought he would be someone who needed them to come to his rescue.

"I'd just really like to thank them for coming out and getting me," he said.

"Whenever anyone has asked  me what happened, I just say 'make sure you wear a helmet on a motorbike', even if you're just going out for a quick ride. It's just not worth it."

"It was very selfish of me not to wear a helmet. It's not just you that you have to think about - it's other people as well."



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