Safety officials in the state of Florida have become increasingly concerned because after three years of decline, the number of people who are dying on motorcycles per year is on the rise again. While that in itself is alarming, apparently it is the older citizens riding who are injured and killed in larger numbers. Statewide, the number of motorcycle-related deaths rose 18% in 2011, although in certain counties, the increase is 80%. Chanyoung Lee, a senior researcher at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, has noticed a trend wherein an increasing percentage of bikers 45 years old and older are crashing and dying. At the same, there has been a decline in deaths among younger motorcycle riders. Lee believes that “riding motorcycles has become a major hobby for retired Baby Boomers.” The problem is that their riding skills are not as sharp as when they were younger. “They’re kind of rusty.” Ray Vega, a motorcycle instructor with the Safety Council of Palm Beach County, said he sees a lot of 50-somethings in his classes. While some are returning to riding, others are trying it for the first time-a sort of manifestation of their mid-life crisis. It is a good thing that so many are taking advantage of refresher courses, but the older riders should remember that their bodies have changed over the years and have slower reflexes. Extra caution is wise, regardless of your age.
Motorcycle Deaths in Florida
Jan 24, 2020 | Firm News