Steve Cole Smith
Sentinel Automotive Editor
5:56 PM EDT, April 9, 2010
A study from the University of Rochester Medical Center points to a troubling trend: Motorcycle riders are growing older and, as a result, more are getting injured.
The average age of motorcyclists involved in crashes has risen recently from 34 to 39 since 1996, and the proportion of injured riders above the age of 40 increased from 28 percent to 50 percent.
Of all injured riders included in the study, 50- to 59-year-olds represented the fastest-growing group, while 20- to 29-year-olds were the most-rapidly declining.
"Treating a 60-year-old who has been in a motorcycle accident is very different from treating a 21-year-old who has been in a similar accident — 60-year-olds bring a lot more medical baggage with them, and this can adversely impact outcomes following injury," said Dr. Mark Gestring.
If an accident happens, he said, older riders "often pay a higher price than younger riders."
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