While the thrill and excitement of riding a motorcycle may not diminish with age, a recent study says that the older you get, the more likely you are to be injured in a motorcycle accident.
Brown University researchers studied data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which monitors a representative sample of emergency rooms. They found that:
Experts say that a number of factors may contribute to these statistics. First, declines in vision and reaction time may leave older riders susceptible to making mistakes. Researchers also theorized that because older bikers tend to ride bigger motorcycles, they're more likely to be involved in rollover accidents. Finally, researchers cited the fragility that comes with age. An accident that a younger person can walk away from may mean a hospital stay for an older biker.