Motorcylists Over 60 At Higher Risk For Serious Injuries
It’s a lot more common than it used to be. Back in 1990 one in 10 bikers was over 50, now it’s one in 4 and those demographics are coming at a price. A study done by Brown University has found that older bikers–while safer riders overall–were significantly at higher risk for hospitalization after an accident.
They found that though riders between the ages of 20 and 39 had 14 times the number of accidents that riders over age 60 did, the older riders had two-and-a-half times the risk of being seriously hurt—sustaining far more fractures, dislocations, and internal-organ injuries, including brain damage, than their younger counterparts.
There are some logical reasons why older riders have trouble avoiding dangerous collisions.
Researchers speculate that worsening vision, balance, and reaction times may make older riders less able to avoid dangerous collisions.
So before you decide that after 50 0r 60 years you really were “Born To Be Wild”, consider the risks to you and the effect they have on your loved ones.