Older Motorcycle Riders Face Increased Injury Risks

A recent news article highlighted the findings of a study regarding motorcycle-related injuries. The study concluded that people over the age of 60 make up an increasing proportion of the number of people injured in motorcycle crashes in the United States. The study also concluded that older adults are more likely to be seriously injured in motorcycle crashes and require more hospitalizations.

These findings are especially significant in light of previous studies that have concluded that the number of older motorcycle riders is on the rise. In 1990, just 10 percent of motorcycle riders were over the age of 50. In 2003, 25 percent of riders were ages 50 and above.

Researchers analyzed records from emergency departments, looking specifically at visits for motorcycle crash injuries between the years 2001 and 2008. During that time period, 1.5 million motorcycle crash injuries involved adults over the age of 20. The injury rates rose for all age groups, but the increase was highest for older adults. The injury rate for people age 60 and over rose almost 250 percent.

Not only did the injury rate rise for older adults, but also older adults were also three times more likely to be hospitalized for their injuries than younger riders. Older riders suffered fractures and dislocations more frequently than younger riders and were also more likely to sustain injuries to their internal organs, such as brain injuries.

No matter the age of the rider, almost any motorcycle accident is serious. To discuss a motorcycle accident with a D.C. area personal injury attorney, contact Lewis & Tompkins, P.C. at 202-296-0666 or by filling out our online contact form.

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