This isn't wild speculation or a bad case of 'what ifs'.
This morning, about five minutes from my office, I was stopped at a red light. I'd gotten to the intersection first and decided to 'own' the lane by sitting just off center while waiting for the light to change.
I know some people recommend moving over to the edge of the lane or even onto the shoulder to avoid being rear-ended. But this doesn't sit well with the 'agressively defensive' doctrine that many here sensibly recommend. If scooters are vehicles and we pay our licensing fees... we own our chunk of the road, right?
Anyway, whenever I approach an intersection I always check my mirrors to make sure of what is going on behind me (i.e. to make sure I don't need to bail out in a hurry due to on oncoming idiot). This time there was nobody coming up behind me so I rolled to a stop near the center of the lane and settled in to wait for the light to change.
It was a fairly long light and I was starting to get fidgety... fearing perhaps my scoot hadn't triggered the wires for the light. In the process of glancing up at the light my eyes couldn't help but also catch a glimpse of the rear-view image projected inside the center of the helmet just above eye level. In it I was horrified to see a pick-up truck approaching at high speed, and showing no signs of slowing.
I turned the handlebars hard to the right and gunned the engine to the stops (Break-in period? What break in period?). The rear wheel spun for a second on some gravel but finally caught traction and shot me onto the triangle of gravel between the right turn lane and the lane I had been in... just as the jack-ass in the pick-up locked up his brakes and skidded past me (and through the red light) into the intersection.
A car coming from the right (with the green) whizzed through the intersection and just missed having his rear bumper hit by the still-moving pick-up. If the car had entered the intersection even a split second later it would have been a direct hit!
The pick-up finally came to a smoky, shuddering stop about three car lengths past the zebra crossing on the opposite side of the intersection! After a few moments he re-started his engine (which had stalled) and drove on as if nothing had happened, leaving me alone at the now green light.
I let the light cycle through the colors a few times before I felt steady enough to ride. All I could think about was that if I hadn't caught sight of the oncoming truck in the Reevu helmet's internal mirror, I would either have been killed by the rear-end impact... or killed by being pushed into the path of the car that had barely cleared the front of the truck in the intersection.
Yes, I know that if I want to 'own' the lane, I should continue to check side mirrors even when sitting at a light. But for someone who has spent most of his life driving cars, it is natural to focus forward once you are safely stopped at an intersection.
Bottom line, I owe my life to that tiny rear-view image which is projected just above the center of my field of vision in the Reevu Helmet. I'm sure there might be better helmets to wear in a crash. But there is no doubt in my mind that this helmet helped me avoid an unsurvivable crash this morning.