A new study shows that older motorcycle riders are more likely to sustain fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents than younger riders.
Researchers from Brown University studied data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to arrive at their conclusions. While younger riders (aged 20-39) were involved in more accidents, older riders (aged 60 and over) were more likely to suffer serious injuries, require hospitalizations or die in crashes.
The researchers wrote that older people are, in general, more susceptible to serious injury than their younger counterparts.
“As the body ages, bone strength decreases, subcutaneous and visceral fat distribution may change, and there is a decrease in the elasticity of the chest wall, factors which may lead to more severe injuries after exposure to trauma,” they wrote.
Statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 2,687 of the motorcycle deaths in 2008 (51 percent) involved riders over the age of 40.
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