08/13/2013 // Dallas, Texas, US // 1-800-Car-Wreck // Eberstein & Witherite, LLP // (press release)
Motorcycle riders who are over the age of 60 appear to face a greater risk of injury in motorcycle accidents. According to a recent news article, these riders make up an increasing proportion of the number of people injured in motorcycle crashes in the United States. Compounding this problem is the fact that older adults are more likely to be seriously injured in motorcycle crashes and may require hospitalizations that younger riders would not require.
Researchers recently analyzed emergency department records regarding motorcycle crash injuries over an eight year period. During that time, 1.5 million motorcycle crash injuries involved adults over the age of 20. Injury rates increased for all age groups, but the increase was the highest for older adults. The number of people ages 60 and older who were injured in motorcycle crashes rose a shocking 247 percent, from 4,300 injuries in 2001 to 15,100 injuries in 2008. Injuries increased just 61 percent for people ages 40 to 59 and 28 percent for people ages 20 to 39.
Older motorcycle riders were also three times more likely to be hospitalized than younger riders. Older riders were also more likely to suffer fractures and dislocations as well as injuries to their internal organs, including brain injuries.
Previous studies have indicated that the number of older motorcycle riders is rising. In 1990, approximately 10 percent of motorcycle riders were over 50; in 2003, 25 percent of motorcycle riders were over 50. To speak to a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer or to another Dallas, Texas personal injury attorney, contact
Eberstein & Witherite, LLP (http://1800-car-wreck.com) at 214.378.6665.
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