Most may think of motorcycle riding as a young person’s activity. However, the baby boomers who began riding in their 20’s are still riding, even though now they are in their 50’s and 60’s. Many baby boomers are in the financial position to afford their dream bikes and take to the road. A recent article in USA Today, citing a recent study by the journal Injury Prevention, backs this up with statistics taken from emergency room records across the country, for example:
- The percentage of bikers over fifty has risen from 10 percent in 1990 to 25 percent by 2003
- While most motorcycle accident injuries still occur to male riders between the age of 20 and 39, there was the greatest increase in injuries to riders over 60 from 2001 to 2008
Motorcycle accidents can occur to riders of all ages. However, the older you get the more serious the injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Older riders are more likely to suffer broken bones, torn ligaments and lacerations than their younger peers. Generally the older you are, the longer the recovery time in the event of an injury. There may also be an increase in the number of accidents due to decreasing reaction times and weakened eyesight. Older riders are however, often more experienced and less reckless than younger bikers.
The Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A has over three decades of experience in handling cases involving serious injuries stemming from motorcycle accidents in Florida. Our experience in litigating these cases allows us to bring a reservoir of knowledge to our clients of any age.