Age is just a number, right? Americans are getting older, as a whole. However many older people still enjoy their motorcycles.
Unfortunately, age does tend to make older motorcycle riders more vulnerable to serious injuries when they have an accident. If you’re over 40 , an accident on your bike has a much greater chance of landing you in the intensive care unit than when you were younger. You’re also up to two times more likely to die in a crash than a younger rider.
Experts say the main reason that older motorcyclists suffer such severe injuries and risk of death is largely due to complications that tend to increase with age — including things like heart attacks, weaker bones and complex pre-existing medical conditions.
So what can you do to make yourself a little safer if you have silver in your hair but aren’t ready to give up your bike? Here are a few tips:
- Get some training. It isn’t uncommon for younger people to put away their motorcycles for a while because they’re busy with their jobs and their families. If you’ve been out of the seat for a while and are just now returning to the open road, take a safety class. You may have forgotten something important.
- Wear a helmet. There’s no doubt about it: Helmets save lives. Make sure that the helmet you are using has the appropriate safety ratings and fits properly. Even if you used to ride without one, it’s time to start making it a part of your gear.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol is still a factor in many motorcycle accidents. Roughly one-third of all wrecks involve a few drinks. Do yourself a favor and save the drinks until you’re safely home.
Unfortunately, you can do everything right and still end up in a motorcycle crash because a negligent driver in another vehicle was rushing or distracted. You have a right to compensation for your losses — but don’t expect the insurance company involved to pay up without a fight. An experienced attorney can help.