I have seen a number of posts here about crashing, the use of equipment and the outcomes. I wanted to share a bit of what my 20 years of sport bike riding like a looney toon has taught to me.
It seems to me that the outcome of a crash is affected by 3 things: Your riding gear, what you do during the accident and what the accident is actually involving.
The 1st 1/3rd (worth 33% of the outcome): What the accident is involving
This unfortunately is something that has a large bearing on the outcome. If its a car or a nice soft ditch you are going to hit then you could make out ok. If its a rock cut or a cliff then you're probably going to die.
The 2nd 1/3rd (worth 33% of the outcome): Your riding gear
What you wear can save your Brain, skin and bones. I have sideswiped an oncoming car at 80mph, killed a deer (and my R1 at the same time), looped over backwards on a wheelie at over 100mph (1989), highsided on racetracks and a few other things. The most serious injuries that I recieved from the above have been concussions, a sprained ankle and some soreness. This is mostly because of the fact that I ride with full gear all the time. The only piece that I sometimes switch is my leather pants for jeans when I am going to just cruise. If you protect yourself all the time you can chalk this 33% up in your favour.
The 3rd 1/3rd (worth 33% of the outcome): what you do during the accident.
This is up to your abilities as a rider in controlling your bike. Either steering (and not target fixating), braking (scrubbing off speed effectively before being on the shoulder of the road) or recognizing a potential accident sooner to give you more time to react. If you practise your braking (like I tell all newbies) IT WILL save your ass at some point.
So.....if you add the 33% for wearing your leathers, and half of the 33% for the "what you do during the accident" which is about 17% then right there you've got 50% beat! Now if that other 1/3rd isn't too nasty and you haven't got yourself into a situation where you're going to hit a rock cut or a cliff then those percents go to you too.
The point here is to practise your proficiency with bike control, always wear as much gear as you can stand and try to use a bit of judgement.
I am not a saint by any means and I do tend to "squid" (quite well too) very often. Just remember: Theres a time and a place for everything...and also, ride at whatever level you need to, to have fun but the most important thing is to be at work on Monday morning!