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Older Motorcyclists More Likely to Be Seriously Hurt in Crashes
Date:2/6/2013

njuries among older riders may be due to age-related physical changes, such as reduced bone strength, decreased elasticity in the chest wall and shifts in body-fat distribution, the researchers said. Underlying illnesses may also increase the risk.

In the United States, the percentage of motorcyclists over the age of 50 more than doubled from about 10 percent in 1990 to 25 percent in 2003. The average age of people involved in a motorcycle crash has steadily increased, with rates of injuries among riders over 65 increasing by 145 percent between 2000 and 2006, according to the study.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a motorcycle safety guide.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Injury Prevention, news release, Feb. 6, 2013


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