The time to buy a motorcycle is now.
But wait, you say; a motorcycle won’t work to haul all the kids you drive to football practice. You think to yourself, I’ll buy one when the kids are off at college and I’m nearing retirement.
In reality, the time to purchase a motorcycle and learn to ride is here. It is best not to wait because the older you get, the more likely you are to be injured.
More and more older adults are purchasing and riding motorcycles. However, according to a study published by Brown University, these adults are the most prone to injury.
The amount of personal injuries for all ages is increasing, yes, but the numbers for older adult injuries stand out.
1.5 million motorcycle crashes requiring medical care involved a motorist that was 20 or over. While the amount of crashes is increasing for each age group, adults over 60 have a significantly higher chance of being severely injured in an accident than younger adults.
The younger crowd is stereotypically more reckless with riding, but the 60 and older age group is two-and-a-half times more likely to wind up with a serious motorcycle accident injury, including injuring internal organs and causing brain damage. They are also three times more likely to be hospitalized after a motorcycle accident.
This doesn’t mean that these older motorcyclists are necessarily getting into more accidents. As the researchers told the New York Times, these older motorcyclists do not recover from the accidents as well as a younger biker. A motorcyclist who is over sixty could be in the same accident as an eighteen year old, yet sustain a much more severe injury.
So should the over 60 crowd sell their bikes? Absolutely not: with this knowledge comes increased awareness. Rather than throw in the towel, take other precautions. Ensure that you are wearing the proper safety equipment and maintain your training.
At Kurt Arbuckle, P.C., we want your motorcycle experience to be a positive one. We want you to be able to purchase a motorcycle at any age and ride safely along the long stretches of Texas highways. If you do sustain an injury from a motorcycle accident and have questions be sure to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.