Motorcyclist Safety Among Older Riders

Motorcycle rider safety is a critical issue, and is often discussed in this site, both in a number of pages (including the “Illinois Motorcyclist Safety And Helmet Use” page and  the “Illinois Motorcycle Riding After Drinking” page) as well as various posts found under the “Motorcycle Rider Safety” category.

Many different factors can pose risks to Illinois motorcyclists.  The Wall Street Journal article of December 22, 2014, titled “Motorcycle Deaths Rise for Boomers” discusses various factors that pose risks for older riders, especially those considered “Boomers.”   Various statistics are also cited, including a chart showing annual U.S. motorcycle crash deaths since 1991, as well as those involving motorcyclists with ages 55-64.

A couple of excerpts:

While older riders may be less reckless in their habits, they also are more vulnerable, said James Hedlund, a traffic-safety consultant in Ithaca, N.Y. “Their reflexes and their vision aren’t as good as they were,” he said, and their bodies are more fragile: “The same impact will cause more damage to a 55-year-old than a 25-year-old.”

also:

Some baby boomer men gave up motorcycling in their 20s or 30s when they had children and settled down. Once the children were grown, the dads had more time and money, allowing them to buy motorcycles, typically larger than those they had in their youths. In the 1960s, a 650 cubic-centimeter engine was considered big, said Joe Proia, a motorcycle-training instructor in Uxbridge, Mass. Today’s typical Harley engines are more than double that size.
“Just because you rode 20 years ago doesn’t mean you can pick it up where you left off,” said Paul W. Coté, president of the Massachusetts Motorcyclists’ Survivors Fund, which helps families of riders who were killed or injured.
The article also discusses various fatal and nonfatal motorcycle accidents among older riders.  Additional details can be found in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.

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Year 2013 U.S. Motorcycle Crash Fatalities And Injuries Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently released statistics regarding 2013 motor vehicle crashes.   This document is titled “2013 Motor Vehicle Crashes:  Overview” (pdf) and is dated December 2014.

Among the statistics in this document is the number of people killed and injured in motorcycle crashes.  As seen in Table 2 (page 2) in 2013 there were 4,668 U.S. motorcycle crash deaths, down 6.4% from the 4,968 crash deaths in 2012.

Those injured in 2013 U.S. motorcycle accidents are also seen in Table 2, and totaled 88,000, down from 93,000 in 2012.

Two facts regarding motorcycle accidents, as seen on page 5:

  • There was a large decrease in motorcyclist fatalities for the
    50- to 69-year-old population: 190 fewer fatalities in 2013 than
    in 2012 (60% of the total decrease for motorcyclist fatalities)
  • There were 11 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities
    in States without universal helmet laws (1,704 unhelmeted
    fatalities) as in States with universal helmet laws (150
    unhelmeted fatalities) in 2013.

Additional statistics regarding motorcycle crashes and fatalities – especially those that happen within Illinois – can be found under the “Motorcycle Accident Statistics” category.

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Increase In Motorcycle Accidents When Gas Prices Rise

There are many different reasons for motorcycle accidents, and many different factors can come into play.

Recently, a study was released that indicates that as gas prices rose in recent years, the number of motorcyclist injuries and deaths did as well.

The findings are discussed in the December 16, 2014 Medline Plus article titled “When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents, Study Finds.”

An excerpt from the Medline Plus release:

In times of gas increases, more people start using motorcycles and many of those riders are inexperienced, the researchers explained.

They examined data gathered between 2002 and 2011 in California, which has the highest number of motorcycle registrations in the United States and the third highest number of motorcyclist deaths.

The analysis revealed a strong association between rising gas prices and an increasing number of motorcycle registrations, along with motorcyclist injuries and deaths. But it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Medline Plus release mentioned above.

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