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Study Finds High Risk of Serious Injury for Older Motorcyclists

By King Law Firm on February 14, 2013

In order to properly gauge the risks that older motorcyclists may be taking on the road these days, especially since the average age of riders has continued to increase in recent years, a new study concerning this demographic was released by Injury Prevention. While motorcyclists of any age can enjoy the activity, research has found that older riders are at a much higher risk of suffering a serious injury on the road.

According to the new study, older riders are three times more likely to be seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck. Research has shown that the older a rider is, the more likely he or she will suffer injuries to the chest and head and die as a result of the crash. But why?

Authors of the study suggest that the effects of aging decreases bone strength, changes the distribution of fat in the body, and causes the chest wall to have less elasticity. This means that injuries such as broken bones and internal organ trauma are more likely to impact the body in a major way. Additionally, this same group will commonly have a slower reaction time, alterations in their balancing abilities, and worse vision. As such, properly reacting to hazards and potential accidents becomes more difficult.

Another interesting find shows that while older riders are at a greater risk in crashes, they experience fewer than younger generations. Findings show that from 2001 through 2008, motorcyclists between the ages of 20 and 39 were involved in 921,229 accidents, while those aged 60 and older had 65,660 crashes.

Whatever your age may be, suffering a crash is always a serious matter. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s dangerous actions, call motorcycle accident lawyer Ray King at The King Law Firm, P.C. With our help, you can prove fault and find the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible. Call us today at (512) 514-6633 to learn more through a free consultation.

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