I am definitely seriously upping the gear I wear, although in Texas, that will likely affect how much I ride because of the heat. I have thought about airbag vests as part of that equation and generally think they are a good idea, but in my off I don't think it would matter. I went dowh much like this: just a whole lot faster. I never so much as stuck a hand out. Inspection of the gear showed a tear under the arm pit, and a lot of ground in dust along my side. I think point of impact was shoulder followed by my relatively unprotected side and hence all the broken ribs. Also the speed in which it occurred may not have been sufficient to trigger the airbag. I am curious as to whether a pressure suit would have made a difference. I know if i continue to ride at the least I will be using one of those in a big way.