A new study in the journal Injury Prevention shows older motorcyclists are three times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than younger riders. Despite younger riders being involved in vastly more motorcycle accidents over a seven-year period, older bikers were much more likely to sustain a severe injury.
From 2001 to 2008 there were over 900,000 motorcycle accidents involving riders between age 20 and 39. Riders over age 60 were only involved in 65,000 accidents during that time period. Older motorcyclists were more prone to suffer chest and head injuries, and were more likely to die from the injuries. Bikers in that age group were also three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital than those in the younger age bracket.
The largest factor for the increase in injuries is an aging body is unable to withstand high impact because “As the body ages, bone strength decreases, subcutaneous and visceral fat distribution may change, and there is a decrease in the elasticity of the chest wall, factors which may lead to more severe injuries after exposure to trauma.” Older riders also have slower reaction times, a likelihood for a preexisting condition, worsening vision, and altered balance all contribute to the injury rates.
To protect themselves, older riders, both new and experienced, should take a motorcycle safety course. Middle-aged and older motorcyclists can benefit from wearing chest protection while riding. Also, riders of all ages should wear Department of Transportation-approved helmets to reduce the risks of a head injury.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Florida motorcycle lawyer at Burnetti, P.A. may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. For more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI.