Does the Risk of a Cape Coral Motorcycle Accident Increase With Age?

by Carmen Dellutri on March 13, 2013

Sarasota personal injury attorneyWhile many things improve with age, the risk of being seriously injured in a Cape Coral motorcycle accident is not one of them. A recent study found that older adults involved in motorcycle crashes are prone to more severe injuries than younger adults.

The study, which was published in the journal Injury Prevention, examined 1.5 million motorcycle crashes that required treatment in an emergency department between 2001 and 2008. The researchers found that while the number of injuries increased in all groups from 2001 to 2008, the greatest rise occurred in the oldest age group. For motorcyclist 60 or older, injuries increased an alarming 247 percent.

The study also found that riders over the age of 60 were more prone to serious injuries. In fact, they had a threefold increased rate of hospitalization compared with younger adults.

Given the risks, we encourage older motorcycle riders always to keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Always wear a helmet that fits right. Pick one that has the DOT label, which shows that it meets federal safety standards.
  • Know your bike's limits.
  • Stick to the speed limit.
  • Don't tailgate other vehicles.
  • Use your signals.
  • Be respectful of other drivers. Don't weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder.
  • Make sure other drivers can see you. Don't ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.
  • Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady.

Source: Allstate

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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