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Report: Michael Schumacher accident probe coming to an end

Feb 11, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

This is the area where former Formula One star Michael Schumacher was injured in a skiing accident on Dec. 29. He suffered critical injuries, particularly to his brain, after crashing into a pile of rocks. Reuters

It appears the investigation into Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident is drawing to a close.

And when the file is officially closed, the incident will apparently be ruled just that, an accident.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, Germany’s Bild newspaper is reporting that French investigators have wrapped up their four-week probe and forwarded their findings to investigating prosecutor Patrick Quincy.

One of the key determinations in the investigation, according to sources cited by Bild, is that manufacturers of the equipment Schumacher was using at the time of the accident, as well as officials of the resort near Merabel in the French Alps where the incident occurred, will not be found liable for any circumstances related to the accident.

Schumacher was critically injured and suffered extensive injuries, particularly to his head, when he crashed into a pile of rocks on Dec. 29. He has remained in the intensive care unit now for seven weeks.

The seven-time Formula One champion has also been in an induced coma since then, although doctors at Grenoble University Hospital began slowly attempting to bring him out of the coma nearly two weeks ago.

According to reports, Schumacher has shown some reflex spasms but has not responded to stimulus tests.

  1. manik56 - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    There is no case France can’t crack.

  2. worknman24hours - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    You know..Michael depended on the safety equipment he was wearing, specifically the helmet he was wearing at the time to be enough to protect him at the time of his accident to at least protect him from being in the situation he is in right now.

    I would say that ,at the very least, the skiing helmet he was wearing FAILED to protect him.

    I would say ,at the very least, the exact type,brand and model of skiing helmet he was wearing at the time of his accident should be disclosed to the general public so they could ,at least, make a decision as to whether they would want their children or their loved ones to have the same lack of protection at the time they went skiing.

    Michael Schumacher knew darn well that skiing had hazards and did attempt to protect himself with a helmet he had every right to expect would not fail like the helmet he was wearing -FAILED- to protect him.

    I do not think any helmet manufacturer would say, where Michael is now, is acceptable safety performance from any skiing helmet.

    • stevviev - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      You do realize that if he wasn’t wearing the helmet, he would be dead now. So in that case him being alive at all is a testate to how the safety equipment worked.

    • seebutler - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      There are too many factors when it comes to helmets, and one specifically – helmets are single impact items and in the perfect world should be replaced frequently, to the point that accidentally dropping your helmet at home could deem it trash.

      Additionally, research has shown that helmets do little at higher speeds. And if you couple that with user error, improper fit/size, in no way should a helmet manufacturer be punished for trying to keep people safe.

      • worknman24hours - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        I am not talking about all helmets here,I am talking about the specific helmet- brand and model -that Michael was wearing.

        The data collection and analysis that was just done to helmets used by children in American football in junior and high schools found that a very famous brand of football helmet was terribly deficient ( for many decades) in it’s ability to absorb impacts from getting to the wearers brain.

        The only reason that research was done was because people stopped making excuses for the helmet manufacturer and the sport that equipment was used in and got to the proper business of actually checking the helmets out scientifically.

        Had the logic you just used to defend this particular helmet manufacturers deficient skiing helmet been used fifty years ago, cars would not even have seat belts.

  3. worknman24hours - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t view how this helmet ‘protected ‘ him as a success.

    All modern helmets are based on the idea that they sacrifice themselves one time to absorb the wearers head from the forces of one impact.

    Furthermore, all reports have said that Michael WAS NOT skiing at a fast pace when he crashed further leading to the idea that this particular helmet was deficient in it’s design.

    Michael,as a legendary race car driver,who lived for decades with the constant proper use of all kinds of safety hardware and with a bottomless practically_ amount of money from which to choose a skiing helmet to protect himself and as a engineer too understanding the forces he was likely to face while skiing would have never put on a helmet he though would not protect himself.

    This skiing helmet should have been designed to work with the objects it was to encounter in the environment it was to used in at the speeds it was likely to be used at.

    That means rocks, trees and ice heaves are all on the table in it’s impact stricture absorbing requirements, for one impact.

    And the helmet is supposed to protect the brain-that is it’s fundamental job.

    Had Michael broken bones or God forbid even his neck ,maybe the helmet could be citied as sufficient in it’s design but that is not what happened here.

    Michael is working his way back from a large amount of energy caused brain injury that the helmet should have prevented.

    That is a failure of this skiing helmet to protect him ESPECIALLY at the slow speed that Michael fell to the ground and hit his head.

    There is no excuse for that helmet not protecting Michael’s brain any better then it didn’t.

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