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Older Motorcycle Riders Are More Likely to Be Seriously Injured

About 8,620 motorcycle crashes were reported in Florida in 2011, resulting in 7,194 injuries and more than 400 deaths. These statistics don't just represent young risk takers. Increasingly, the victims of motorcycle-related injuries are older than 50. In many cases, the bikers were senior citizens. Baby boomers who enjoy riding must take special care when on the road.

Older rider injuries

The number of motorcycle crash injuries in the age group of 50 and up has sharply increased in recent years. This age group has the highest rate of serious injury and hospitalization. Injuries common to this older riders include:

  • Fractures
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries

Safety tips

Riders can take steps to increase safety, including:

  • Wear a helmet on every ride
  • Take a motorcycle training course
  • Avoid driving in dangerous conditions, such as heavy wind or rain
  • Never ride while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs

Potential lawsuits

When an older motorcyclist is injured on the road, it is often the result of another driver’s negligence. The motorcyclist may be able to sue the motorist for damages that include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, no matter your age or experience level, contact an attorney. An experienced Fort Lauderdale motorcycle crash lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.

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