So—you’ve reached your golden years and finally have some money saved up and ready to spend. You pass by a motorcycle for sale and remember when, as a young, punk kid, you rode a pretty cheap motorcycle that was easy on gas and got you where you needed to be without all the maintenance of a car. Now you’d think you’d like that fancy new model of motorcycle for sale so that you can take to the open road and relive those days again.
While baby boomers don’t make up the biggest chunk of people hospitalized from motorcycle accidents, they are responsible for longer hospital stays, increased injuries, and more severe injuries than their younger counterparts.
Age and Motorcycle Accidents
One study looked at over five thousand riders aged 20 to 74 who were in motorcycle accidents and suffered injuries. Older riders made up 37.2% of the injured, down only slightly from 39% the previous year. Since 2001, older male riders suffering from motorcycle accident injuries have been steadily rising while younger male rider injuries has been slowly decreasing (women riders, no matter age, have stayed relatively the same over the course of the nine year study).
Medical costs for riders over 60 years of age increase significantly as they get older. This could be because older male riders had a length of hospital stay nearly 3 days longer than their younger counterparts, or it could be because they were more likely to sustain an injury to their internal organs or nerves and spinal cord.
No matter your age, motorcycle accidents can be devastating. You need an experienced attorney on your side who will fight the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries, time loss, and pain and suffering.
When you call The Advocates you will be connected to a motorcycle accident attorney who can discuss your possible case with you at no charge. Call us today!