The weekend before last, the wife and I were out at lunch with some fellow riders. We both ride, we've both taken the MSF course, she's been riding since April or so. We live in a no helmet state where a leather vest is about the most protection most people wear.
Coming home from that lunch with fellow riders it was about 6:30pm and my wife happened to be the unlucky rider who collided with a deer. She's fine now, but it did take its toll.
Nothing could of been done, she was going 55mph, the posted speed limit down a two lane highway with woods on both sides. A big buck just decided it was time to cross the road, stopped right in front of her. She hit him dead on, bike and her flipped, bike skid, as did she. A broken collar bone (now I know is called a clavicle
), fractured ribs, brused lung, kidney, and liver, all on the right side.
Luckily she was wearing full gear. Full face modular helmet, padded riding jacket, hoodie, thermal top, t-shirt, jeans, long johns, leather gloves, boots. Only visible damage was a scuff on her knee, and that was like a 'rug burn' from her pants, not asphalt.
So if you're in a no helmet state, and gear isn't something you do. Just keep in mind, no matter if you've been 'accident free' for 50 years, you can't predict a deer, or anything else. Think about wearing it, it works.
The road went through her jacket, the hoodie, the t-shirt, but not the thermal top. In the pic, the hole is behind the neck, but only because it got pulled, all of that was her shoulder. The right side of the helmet, would have been her whole side of her face, from nose to ear.
Careful out there guys, deer season, in the rut. We decided no more riding at night for us.