Okay, this has convinced me to upgrade my safety gear NOW.
From the Hell For Leather article:
"ws Let's circle back to the wreck real quick. What were you wearing. I know you had your Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet on.
ss Icon Overlord jacket with D3O in the elbows and a CE Level 2 back protector, Reign boots, Justice Touch Screen gloves. I also had on Alpinestars Axiom jeans, which have Kevlar in the butt and knees and T-Pro knee armor I'd retrofitted. Basically head to toe armor.
ws What do you think would've happened if you weren't wearing all that?
ss Well, let's say I was just wearing jeans, jacket and gloves; I think I probably would have lost my left leg. If that didn't happen, I'd definitely have had a really bad broken ankle, a completely destroyed knee and lots of road rash, bleeding and soft tissue damage. That's some fucking serious shit.
ss People die all the time, bleeding out from broken femurs.
I may have been OK because the ambulance got there so fast, but I bet I'd at least still be in the hospital and walking would be something I'd be lucky to do in a year, not three months.
Now, let's say I was wearing a t-shirt and jeans, no gloves and an open face helmet. Typical gear for about half of motorcyclists. My left arm would have looked like hamburger. My breaks would have been worse and I bet I would have a broken elbow too. I definitely would have broken my jaw and tore my face to shreds. I also would have road rash all over my back and sides. Survivable? Maybe. I'd be fucked up for life though."
Wow. Wow. I'm getting rid of my silly half-helmet asap. Oh, and props to the author for the TGOC reference. :-)