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Why Older Riders Suffer More in Motorcycle Accidents

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Broken glasses with motorcycle accident on city street

Your Chicago Accident Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe want to help motorcycle riders stay safe and avoid motorcycle accidents. Our previous articles (“Older Motorcycle Riders More Likely to Be Injured” and “Aging Road Warriors and Motorcycle Accidents”) described the added risk of serious personal injury faced by the increasing number of older riders. While older riders are more conservative in their biking habits they still are more likely to suffer more serious injuries including serious brain trauma than their younger counterparts.

Broken glasses with motorcycle accident on city street

But why?

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) blame age-related changes such as decreases in bone strngth and brain size, as pivotal in rendering older riders more susceptible to injury.

Impaired vision, delayed reaction time, and altered balance, all of which accompany the natural aging process, could contribute to motor vehicle crashes or mishaps among older motorcyclists. This is consistent with the researchers’ finding that older riders crashed more oftern as a result of loss of control than their younger counterparts.

Broken arms and legs were found to be the most common injuries, occurring in approximately 25 percent to 40 percent of the cases studied. The most common severe injuries were chest and head injuries, and all injuries were found in higher proportions among older riders compared with younger riders.

Grazian and Volpe caution the older riding public to take an extra measure of caution and practice safe riding habits, especially in the religious use of helmets to help protect against severe brain trauma. It is always better to avoid accidents but if you can’t stay safe-stay with Grazian and Volpe, your Chicagoland Accident Lawyers for over 30 years.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Miller Law, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd