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Why Are So Many Seniors Dying in Motorcycle Crashes?

You've probably heard the saying, "the bigger they are, the harder they fall." When it comes to motorcycles, safety experts suggest something like, "the older they are, the more often they get hurt."

Motorcycles represent many things to many people. Whether you enjoy the freedom of the open road, or the idea that you can jump on a bike and go anywhere at any time, motorcycles are an indelible part of American culture. The rebel spirit is perfectly captured by the thrum of the engine and the roar of the throttle.

Unfortunately, it's impossible to escape the aging process. The truth is that the human body is more vulnerable to injury with each passing decade.

As a result, the number of motorcycle deaths and injuries among older adults has gone up steadily over the past few years.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, talk to a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer right away.

More Seniors on Bikes Means More Motorcycle Injuries

According to a study published in Injury Prevention, motorcyclists over the age of 50 are three times as likely to suffer a severe injury in a motorcycle crash as their younger counterparts.

There are two reasons behind these statistics. First, the number of older bikers has risen steadily. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, seniors have more free time.

Between 1999 and 2003, the number of bikers over age 50 climbed from one in 10 to an astounding one in four.

There are more senior motorcyclists on the road, but there are also more motorcycle crashes among this age group. Among riders age 65 an older, motorcycle injury rates swelled beyond 145 percent in just a six-year period.

This trend bucks that of the national average for motorcycle accidents. On the whole, motorcycle accidents have actually followed a pattern that has either decreased or remained steady over the past decade.

In 2003, there were 38.8 motorcycle deaths per 100 million miles. In 2012, this number dropped to 23.4 fatalities per 100 million miles.

Why Seniors Are More Vulnerable in a Motorcycle Crash

Obviously, age plays an important factor behind motorcycle crashes among older adults. The older you are, the less likely you are to spring back from a break or other serious injury.

However, there are other, less obvious reasons why older people experience more motorcycle crashes and more motorcycle injuries.

In many cases, people purchase a motorcycle when they retire, but it has been years - maybe decades - since they have been on a bike. They assume riding a motorcycle is a bit like riding a bicycle: You never forget.

On the contrary, riding a motorcycle requires skill and lots of practice. If you have been away from it for a lengthy period of time, it's a good idea to take a motorcycle safety course.

According to motorcycle experts, today's motorcycles also tend to be much larger than they were 20 or 30 years ago. One motorcycle training instructor says that the average modern Harley Davidson engine is more than double the size of a model from two decades ago.

Get Help from a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

Have you been hurt in a motorcycle accident? These cases typically involve serious injuries that may require years of medical help and rehabilitation. Don't pay for someone else's negligence.

You may be entitled to compensation, including payment for your medical bills. Call the Law Office of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC for a free consultation.

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