I did a face plant on I-80 at the Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza a few years back. Someone turned into my path on the "High Occupancy Vehicle" lane at the last moment.
I have a very clear memory of the incident and had time to think before hitting the macadam.
I didn't want to break my wrists / arms and didn't have much choice but to "take it on the chin" so to speak.
The plastic and fiberglass scraped away making a hollow noise inside my helmet. At the same time, my left knee made contact and smarted quite a bit.
I came to a stop and thought immediately "sure glad I had a full face helmet". It was a Rainy X8 and I remember thinking about what I'd replace it with before I got up off the ground.
I plan to die young, as late as possible.