A broken scapula, and some scrapes and bruises could have been much worse, but also may have been prevented. That's according to New Bedford City Council President Joseph Lopes, who was not wearing a helmet while riding his bike Sunday morning when he was hit by a car.

Lopes says he would only wear a helmet now and then, but that's going to change.

Lopes was treated for the minor injuries at Saint Luke's Hospital, and is now resting at home.

Looking back on the accident, Lopes is encouraging bike riders everywhere to wear a helmet when they're riding, no matter what.