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Re-entry motorcyclists may be more at risk than younger riders

| Apr 28, 2020 | Motorcycle Accidents |

In general, motorcycles carry a higher risk than other passenger vehicles. After all, motorcycles are less visible to other passenger vehicles. Their high performance is tempting and pinned with the fact that motorcyclists do not have an enclosed vehicle to protect them, the rate of catastrophic injuries and death are higher.

Fatalities are more common with motorcycle accidents than other motor vehicle accidents. In recent years, there has been another trend with motorcycle fatalities.

According to the Insurance institute for highway Safety, cruiser and standard motorcycle riders over the age of 30 account for 84 percent of the fatalities. There may be reasons that motorcycles are more dangerous to older adults.

Motorcycle engine size

A lot of older drivers are reentry drivers. Those who drove in their 20s may pick up riding again in their 50s and 60s. Older adults have the disposable income to pursue old hobbies. However, nowadays engine sizes are much larger than they had been in the past. 34 percent of fatal accidents involved an engine larger than 1,400 cc. In 1990, engine sizes this big only accounted for less than one percent of all fatalities.

Age related conditions

A study in the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that for riders between the ages of 52 and 70 years of age, there are heightened risks. While road safety training for re-entry riders may mitigate the risks, there are concerns that all riders should take into consideration.

Older adults tend to be frailer, they tend to use more medication and have general cognitive health declines that younger adults may not.

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