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Older Riders More Apt to Get Hurt in a Vancouver Motorcycle Crash

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

New data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that older riders are at an elevated risk for injury.

CDC researchers examined over 1.5 million motorcycle accidents between 2001 and 2008. They discovered some shocking stuff—and some not so shocking stuff.

Not surprisingly, 85% of the accident victims were male and most were young. Nearly one million accidents involved riders between the ages of 20 and 39. Only 65,000 accidents involved riders 60 years or older.

Do not let those absolute numbers fool you!

Statistically speaking, older riders were three times more likely to suffer serious injuries, such as brain damage, organ damage, and fractures.

Assuming the study is valid, what can this tell us?

You need to be careful before you go crazy interpreting a study like this. Older motorcyclists might be at more at risk for a variety of reasons:

  • As our bodies wear out, our fat distribution offers less padding.
  • Older people are at greater risk for osteoporosis and muscular weakness.
  • Cognitive capabilities decline as we age.
  • As we age, hearing and vision deteriorate and our reaction time slows.

 

So what does this all mean if you or someone you care about got hurt in a Vancouver motorcycle accident? In truth, the study does not say much about why older riders are more at risk in a motorcycle crash—it just says that they are.

To drill down and figure out what happened in your accident, we need to look at the specific details of your case. Maybe your bike malfunctioned or a driver on a cell phone ran you off the road. Perhaps your accident was complicated and needs further investigation.

Rather than trying to assess blame on your own, get in touch with a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten. Our resource-rich, battle-tested team is standing by to help you make serious progress towards clarity. Give us a call today at 604-255-9018.

 

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