Fulmer Saved My Life: William and Ashleigh’s Story

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Aug 29, 2018 2:57:29 PM

William Self never understood why anyone would ride a motorcycle without a helmet. A serious accident July 28, reinforced that opinion.

On a beautiful late July day, William and Ashleigh jumped on their 2002 Harley Road King about 2 p.m. heading to Paris, TN, about an hour’s long drive away. The plan was to enjoy festivities at the annual corn festival there, grab a bite to eat and maybe stop to do a bit of shopping at a few of the city’s antique malls.

The couple made it about three-fourths of a mile down the road from their house when William noticed a black car parked on the left side of the road. It wasn’t moving or stopped at the intersection, so William saw no reason to stop his bike.

“I was gearing down into second gear, traveling about 15 miles per hour because we were approaching a stop sign,” he said. “When we came up to drive past where the black car was parked I faintly remember hearing a tire screech and seeing the car very close to my left leg. And then everything went black.”

When William came to he was underneath and off to the right of his motorcycle, with gasoline on his clothes. He pushed the bike off himself and went searching for Ashleigh.

“That is when I saw her lying face down up ahead of me near the stop sign,” he said. “I crawled up to her, rolled her over carefully - as to not injure her neck. Her mouth was plugged with dirt so I swabbed it out and tried to revive her. She was unconscious and had blood on her face as well as a large gash on her helmet. At one point her eyes opened up and she asked where we were at.”

The paramedics soon arrived and took over, loading Ashleigh onto a stretcher and taking her to the nearby Basset Army Community Hospital for emergency treatment.

“The ER doctor and paramedics at the scene of the crash estimated that when the car struck us (Ashleigh) was thrown approximately 15 feet and hit her helmet on a stop sign near where we went down,” William said. “Her life was saved due to the helmet - hands down. …I have seen what they do, and we are thankful that her helmet did its job.”

So are we, William. So are we.


Fulmer Saved My Life

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jul 27, 2018 8:17:55 AM

Mat Parker’s Fourth of July didn’t start off with a bang.

The 24-year-old man from Plattsburgh, NY was out for a ride on his 2008 Yamaha FZ1 along with a buddy, who had the night off of work.

“We were heading down the connecting road from my house,” Mat recalled. “I looked out to the field real-quick, looked back, and there was a deer (in front of me that came) out of nowhere.”

It was 11:56 p.m. July 3.

Mat hit the deer, splitting it in half with the force of his motorcycle. He flew off his bike, tumbling 440 feet across the pavement. Rushed to the hospital by ambulance, Mat had suffered severe road rash on his knees, light road rash on his arms and surface road rash on his back where his jacket had ridden up.

When bare skin scrapes against the surface of asphalt during a motorcycle crash, layers of the skin are quickly worn away. Glass, rocks, metal, and other debris from the road may enter the body through the wound and the injury can be significant. Road rash is a serious motorcycle accident injury.

If it wasn’t for Mat’s Fulmer jacket, which he’d purchased from a local Harley dealer, his injuries would have been far worse, he said. Even though areas on his jacket ripped, the protective pads stayed in place.

Fulmer certainly didn’t save Mat’s life but it did keep his injuries to a minimum, and he is grateful.

“I would just like to say thank you for the great quality,” Mat said. “Keep up the great work.”

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