The Hat That Could Save You in a Bike Crash

The Hat That Could Save You in a Bike Crash


>>>IT’S 4:13 RIGHT NOW. A LOCAL MAN INVENTS FIRST OF ITS KIND HELMET THAT HOPES TO GET BICYCLISTS TO WEAR HELMETS THAT LOOKS LIKE A BASEBALL CAP.>>AT FIRST GLANCE IT LOOKS LIKE A BASEBALL CAP, BUT THIS IS A BICYCLIST HELMET. IT’S SLEEK, STYLISH AND ACCORDING TO ITS DESIGNER, ONE OF THE SAFEST HELMETS YOU CAN BUY.>>HELMETS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE. THEY’RE BIG, THEY’RE BULKY AND THEY’RE NOT PORTABLE AND THEY DON’T LOOK GOOD.>>Reporter: DAVID HALL AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNER, JORDAN KLEIN, TWO FORMER SPACEX ENGINEERS HAVE CREATED A NEW ONE OF A KIND HELMET THAT THEY BELIEVE WILL INSPIRE MORE PEOPLE TO WEAR THE LIFE-SAVING HEAD GEAR.>>NOT ONLY AS A CONVENTIONAL HELMET, AT TIMES IT CAN BE SAFER.>>Reporter: IT BEARS THE NAME, PARK AND DIAMOND. A LOCATION NEAR THE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS THAT IS DEEPLY PERSONAL AND ONCE VERY PAINFUL TO DAVID.>>RIGHT HERE AT THE INTERSECTION AT PARK AND DIAMOND THREE YEARS AGO MY SISTER WAS RIDING HER BIKE WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A CAR.>>Reporter: 22 RACHEL HALL, A MEMBER OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY LACROSSE TEAM WAS HIT AND NEARLY KILLED. THE DRIVER LEFT THE SCENE AND LATER TURNED HIMSELF IN. RACHEL WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE HEAD TRAUMA AND SHE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AND SPENT FOUR YEARS IN A COMA AND MIRACULOUSLY SHE SURVIVED.>>WHAT CAME OUT OF THAT AS SHE WAS RECOVERING AND CONTINUES TO RECOVER. WHY WOULDN’T YOU WEAR A BIKE HELMET?>>Reporter: HE KNEW HE HAD TO ENGINEER A HELMET THAT PEOPLE WOULD WEAR. RAISING MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS AND THEN THERE WAS THIS WELL-PRODUCED WILDLY SUCCESSFUL YOUTUBE VIDEO.>>NOT ONLY DOES OUR HELMET MEET ALL THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS, IT SURPASSES THEM.>>Reporter: MORE THAN 90% OF BICYCLING FATALITIES OCCUR WHEN THE RIDER IS NOT WEARING A HELMET. YET IN ANY BIG CITY OR SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA, YOU’LL FIND PEOPLE RIDING WITH NO PROTECTION PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY. AND USUALLY THEY WON’T WEAR A HELMET FOR TWO REASONS. IT’S UNCOMFORTABLE AND INCONVENIENT.>>HERE YOU HAVE THE HELMET AND YOU SEE IT’S FORM FITTING AND IT COLLAPSES LIKE THAT. POPS BACK UP.>>Reporter: THE COLLAPSIBLE CAP COSTS JUST UNDER $100, BUT THE TRUE VALUE DAVID SAYS IS IN ITS PROTECTION. RACHEL IS STILL RECOVERING AND REMAINS A BIG SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND SHE’S HAPPY HER BROTHER TURNED HER TRAGEDY.