This was the best site I could find to answer questions that avid skiers like myself might have….

http://www.intent.com/blog/2009/03/18/talk-and-die-six-questions-and-answers-about-natasha-richardsons-ski-accident

really glad I wear a ski helmet. omg, I just don’t understand you could fall in flat terrain and this could happen – even if you’re not wearing a helmet….

maybe she had a pre-existing condition…
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=98611

maybe this means helmets will become mandatory…even though helmets can’t really save you if you’re going too fast…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/5007116/Natasha-Richardson-accident-Ski-helmets-may-become-mandatory.html

As that good first article says, “An average of 39.8 people die each year skiing or snowboarding, according to the National Ski Areas Association, the industry trade group. That means there are .88 fatalities per million days of skiing and snowboarding. On top of these deaths, the NSAA says there are 43.6 serious injuries every year.”

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