Thursday, 6 June 2013

Older Motorcyclists More Likely to Be Injured in Accidents


For years now, researchers and Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers have known that older and senior motorists are much more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents, compared to younger drivers.  Injury risks also seem to be much greater when a senior citizen is riding a motorcycle.
New research published in the journal Injury Prevention finds that when older motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they are approximately 3 times more likely to suffer serious injuries, compared to younger motorcyclists.
The research was conducted by Brown University scientists, who analyzed injury patterns involving motorcycle riders aged 20 and above.  Accidents that occurred in 2001 and 2008 were considered in the study, and in all of these cases, the person suffered injuries that were serious enough to be treated in hospital emergency rooms.
During the study period, the researchers found an estimated 1.5 million injuries among motorcyclists.  The injured motorcyclists were divided based on their age group, 20 to 39, 40 to 59 and 60 and older. 
The researchers found that the number of injuries in all of the three groups increased during the study period, but the motorcyclists belonging to the third group or the above-60 group had the sharpest increase in injuries.  In these people, the injury numbers increased from 4,352 injuries in 2001, to a staggering 15,170 injuries in 2008.
The researchers found that motorcyclists in the third group were as much as three times more likely to be admitted into the hospital after suffering injuries in an accident, compared to riders who were in their 20s and 30s.  Motorcyclists who were in their 40s and 50s were twice as likely as motorcyclists in their 20s to sustain injuries that were serious enough to require hospitalization.

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