Ashby was wearing a heavy gage helmet, a heavy leather jacket, lined leather gloves, new blue jeans and leather riding boots.
Ashby suffered six broken ribs, muscle damage in his left shoulder, a bleeding spleen, knee lacerations and deep general bruising.
Seems to me he would have been much better off if he would be wearing full leathers or Aerostich Roadcrafter. Or at least some riding pants and riding jacket (his jacket on the picture doesn't seem to have any sort of armor).
Good thing he stayed alive and relatively OK, though. Any gear is better than no gear.
From the sounds of it his deer population is out of control maybe a new hunting season would help. He is right about cringing ever time we see a kid with not lid no nothing on and a yound girl on the back cause you know that is really going to hurt.
I hit a deer 5 years ago on my Magna. It's head struck my right knee at about 60mph after glancing off the tank. Hurt like hell but all I did was swerve into the left lane and keep going. The deer wasn't so lucky. Needless to say I had a bit of a limp for a few days and even now sometimes still hurts.
"Had he been going 60, he might have missed the deer altogether..."
Ditto for traveling at 20mph, but I fear you are missing my point.
When you come to a sudden stop the organs in your body keep on moving causing rupturing of said internal organs due to the presence transiently increasing intraluminal pressure (man this copy&paste make me sound smart). Sure body armor would save you chest a little, but it wouldnt stop your kidneys, liver, spleen etc. etc. from exploding when you go from 60 to zero in two inches. Best is to slow down as much as possible before impact.