I am trying to compile a general statistic, since I haven't really found one, of riders who are involved in at fault accidents and whether they were wearing gear or not. I'm not talking about just a helmet and a jacket. I'm talking about proper boots, gloves, and pants too. Official statistics always seem to only be concerned with helmet or no helmet but helmets are law in most places. I'm not concerned with what riders have to wear as much as what riders choose to wear.
Just from browsing around forums and reading or asking what people were wearing, it seems a trend of most accidents where the rider is fully or partially at fault, they were not wearing all their gear.
I'm vaguely noticing, or trying to imply, a correlation between at fault(avoidable) accidents and the amount of gear the rider in question was wearing.
It seems to me that a rider who chooses to skimp out on certain protective gear articles has a certain mentality about riding as well. Shortly summed up into something like the amount of acceptable risk. If not wearing certain articles of gear is acceptable, it seems that certain riding habits that wouldn't be considered defensive driving(riding) are also acceptable. As opposed to a rider who will not accept anything but true ATGATT will also not accept taking part in un-defensive or responsible riding habits. Or at the very least, the frequency is reduced. Some people choose to rationalize not wearing certain articles based on their destination or type of riding they plan to do. For example, I know a number of people will say they only wear their leather pants when having a 'spirited' ride and just jeans at other times. Or some don't feel a riding specific boot is necessary or proper riding gloves. Those are the common articles that are often rationalized by people who do not wear them. That same rationalizing mindset may correlate to riding habits that put the rider in question potentially in harms way more frequently, whether it be intentional or not.
If a thread is posted about a rider having a get-off, I often politely ask them what they were wearing. It seems to me that out of all the people who are ATGATT supporters, more often than not I get a response back indicating the downed rider was not ATGATT at the time of the accident and the cases of ATGATT at fault riders are much more uncommon.
I know ATGATT is not a new thread topic to talk about, nor is accident statistics but I don't often see the two directly discussed in the respect of correlation between them.
Give me your opinions. If you are willing, please post if you are truly ATGATT or not and what type of accident you have been involved in or no accident at all. And if not ATGATT, what pieces do you not habitually wear and why not. Also, the type of bike you ride. I'm not as much concerned with the exact details of what happened or if you weren't at fault but mainly if it could have been avoided by the rider and what all the rider was wearing. I'm going to take the responses and create an excel spreadsheet with the data.
I figure Pashnit is the best place to post this to get a good mix of all age riders and all types of bikes instead of a bike specific forum where the responses are going to be skewed more to a specific rider and bike type.
If this is just a re-hash and a "duh, we know that" topic, then I apologize. I'm not trying to ridicule or put anyone on the spot for not wearing ATGATT. Just trying to gather data for my own edification and others if they are interested in my findings.