Personal Injuries more severe in Mature Motorcyclists

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The University of Rochester Medical Centre undertook a study recently as a result of a trend noted in the age of motorcyclists suffering injuries from road traffic accidents.

Doctors had noticed that in recent cases, motorcyclists suffering injuries were older – in particular in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s – than in previous years; and in widening their study nationally they concluded that the stereotype of the young motorcyclist was outdated.

Consequently older motorcyclists tend to suffer more seriously from injuries sustained in road accidents and have a poorer rate of recovery and in worse cases, survival, than their younger counterparts.

Researchers used the National Trauma Databank to conclude that in addition, older motorcyclists were more likely to be involved in road accidents due to issues like failing vision, an impaired sense of balance and delayed reaction times.

Motorcyclists remain some of the most vulnerable road users.

This article was written by Jo Milne in our RTA Team.

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