Older bikers hurt more

Published Feb 15, 2013 at 04:00AM

The older someone gets, the more likely they are to go to the hospital after a motorcycle accident, according to a study conducted by Brown University’s Department of Epidemiology that compared information from 1.4 million motorcycle crashes from 2001 to 2008.

The study found people 60 or older were three times more likely to be hospitalized after a crash than someone in their 20s or 30s, while people between 40 and 59 were twice as likely to be hospitalized as a younger biker. It also found older bikers were 2.5 times more likely than a younger biker to suffer a serious injury after a motorcycle crash. Middle-aged bikers were 66 percent more likely to suffer a serious injury than a younger biker.

— From staff reports