Older riders and motorcycle accidents

Many motorcycle accidents involve older riders. Not only are older riders more likely to be involved in crashes, but they are more likely to suffer serious injuries in those accidents.

According to a study of the records of more than 61,689 motorcycle accidents by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that the average age of motorcyclists involved in crashes between 1996 and 2005 increased by approximately five years, from 34 to 39, The URMC study also found that riders over 40 were more likely to suffer serious injuries or die in accidents than younger riders.

A study of more than 1.5 million motorcycle crashes between 2001 and 2008 by researchers at Brown University showed that riders over the age of 60 were three times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than a younger rider.

The reasons older riders are more likely to be injured in motorcycle accidents may include:

  • Poorer vision and balance as a person ages
  • Slower reaction times to hazards, such as a car making a left turn in front of the motorcycle.
  • Loss of bone strength in older riders
  • The older rider may be riding for the first time or picking it up after a long period without riding

There are several things older riders can do to protect themselves:

  • Take a motorcycle safety riding course
  • Purchase additional uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in case you are injured by someone who does not have enough insurance to pay for your losses
  • Contact a personal injury attorney if you are injured in an accident

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