Older Motorcyclists More Likely to Be Injured

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According to the results of a new study published in the journal Injury Prevention, senior motorcyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured in an accident, compared to younger motorcyclists.

According to the results of a new study published in the journal Injury Prevention, senior motorcyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured in an accident, compared to younger motorcyclists.

Older motorcyclists, especially those above the age of 40 are the fastest growing demographic of registered motorcyclists in the country.  More people above the age of 40 are buying a motorcycle to experience the exhilaration and thrill of riding on 2 wheels.  Unfortunately, these motorcyclists may also be at a much higher risk of injuries when they are involved in an accident.

With the increase in the number of older motorcyclists on the road has also come an increase in the number of accidents involving these older motorcyclists.  Between 1990 and 2003, the percentage of motorcyclists aged above 50 years of age increased from one in 10 to about one in 4.

It is no surprise to any motorcycle accident lawyer that the average injury rate has also increased.  Injury rates involving motorcyclists aged 65 and above jumped a staggering 145% between 2000 and 2006.

The researchers analyzed data from a federal database of motorcycle accidents.  These accidents ended with serious injuries that required emergency medical attention.  A total of 1.5 million motorcycle accidents were analyzed, and all of these involved motorcyclists aged above 20.

The study found that injury rates for all of the 3 groups of motorcyclists were on the increase, but the highest increase was detected for older motorcyclists.  Persons above the age of 60 were approximately 2 ½ times as likely to have suffered serious injuries in an accident, and were also 3 times as likely to be hospitalized for their injuries.

 

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