So, back 15 years ago, I think wearing helmet is kinda hype. I started wearing cycling helmet around 10 years ago seeing how dangerous cycling on the road is.
Just recently I got in an accident which I'm not sure what I can do better to avoid one (the accident) but to have more protection on myself. The accident happened just when a young motorist decided to pulled out without any signal, checking blind spot and possibly mirror (I use Cateye EL-130, a warning sign 300 m away from me can still reflect my flaslight-strobing well back; a full Hi Vis jacket).
So when I was swerving, I lost balance and get thrown off the bike, chin and face planted on asphalt. 4 stitches on the chin, internal bleeding around the front teeth (have to take fluid for 3 weeks) and scar on face.
Enough with the accident background, my question is 1) Would it worth buying a full helmet (BMX not motorcycle style) just to provide some protection, before my front teeth ever decide to part from me and my abuse. 2) What is your thought being a cyclist, seeing another wearing full helmet on the road?
Side question: a) Regarding the accident, was there anything else I can do, apart from riding on the very right edge of the lane (UK driving on left) and/or driving unacceptably slowly (less than 10 mph or 16 kmph) to keep control of the bicycle (and encourage motorist behind to overtake). b) I am still hesitant to claim personal injury against the driver. Is there any advice? Looking for a solicitor I believe?
EDIT: Sorry I forgot to tell that I'm living in Scotland so temperature is not really a problem.. but I have never seen people riding full helmet on the street, lol. I think in here 50% people choosing not to have helmet, even worse... EDIT 2: I actually mean this kind of helmet just to prevent some simple face-plant injury