Older Motorcycle Riders More Likely to Be Injured
The Chicago accident lawyers at Grazian and Volpe are strong advocates for motorcycle riders injured in motor vehicle accidents. We have written extensively on the challenges facing injured riders when litigating their. The most difficult challenge is dispelling the public perception of riders as risk takers and presumptively the cause of any motor vehicle accident in which they are involved.
Attorneys advocating for injured riders need to be aware that the largest growing segment of the motorcycle riding community is the +50 crowd who are seeking a cost effective way of seeing the country and enjoying retirement.
However, older riders themselves need to be aware that they are more likely to be injured or die as a result of a motorcycle accident compared with their younger counterparts. Findings in a recent study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) utilized data form the National Trauma Databank and reviewed the records of 61,689 motorcyclists aged 17 to 89 years who had been involved in a motorcycle crash.
The findings reveal the average age of motorcyclists involved in crashes increased by approximately 5 years, from 34 to 39. In addition, the proportion of injured riders above the age of 40 jumped from about 28 percent to close to 50 percent in the same time period. In fact crashes and injuries among the 50- to 59- year-olds showed the most rapid increase, while injuries in the 20- to 29-year-olds showed the most rapid decline.
The injury lawyers at Grazian and Volpe wish to inform their riding clients and the public in general as to the reasons for this accidents and methods wherein personal injury may be avoided. This blog will be dedicated to this subject matter of the course of the next two weeks.