Motorcycle sales have increased, especially to those reaching retirement age.
In addition to the economic benefits, motorcycle riding can be a great way to meet new people and for recreation. However, motorcycle riding comes with its own risks. Every year, hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured in motorcycle accidents. In spite of taking all safety precautions, it is never completely safe to ride a motorcycle because of the lack of protection. The injuries caused by motorcycle accidents are often severe and life threatening.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries suffered by motorcycle accident victims include fractures, road rash, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, leg and arm injuries, pelvic injuries, and internal injuries. While anyone can get involved in a motorcycle accident and suffer serious injuries, statistics suggest that older drivers are more susceptible to fatal motorcycle injuries.
The Risk for Older Motorcyclists
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, around 55 percent of motorcyclists who suffered fatal injuries were 40 years of age or older. From 2004-2013, there was an almost 40 percent increase in the number of deaths of motorcyclists who were 40 years of age or older.
A study conducted by Brown University has suggested that there are several possible factors that may contribute to making older drivers more susceptible to fatal crashes. One such factor could be that older drivers prefer larger bikes that have a greater tendency to rollover. In addition, vision and physical abilities decrease and reaction time increases with age.
Compensation for Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
It is important that older motorcyclists accept these risks and ride cautiously. Even if a motorcyclist is driving safely and wearing proper safety gear, other conditions such as road debris, slippery surfaces, and careless drivers can cause a fatal motorcycle accident.
The death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident can leave a family devastated and overwhelmed. If the deceased was the sole earning member of the family, then his or her death can result in a financial crisis. Consult a Chicago wrongful death attorney from Willens Law Offices to discuss your case. Call us at (312) 957-4166 and we will help you recover the compensation that your family needs.