Whenever we think of driving any type of vehicle and of those who tend to take risks when doing so, almost all of us think of young people whether that’s fair or not. That’s largely because those of us who are older remember what it was like to be young and free of concern as well as having perspectives that were all but totally devoid of any notion of our own mortality. We are not the only ones who consider young people to be risky behind the wheels of vehicles, as insurance companies tend to charge more for policies that cover those who are just learning to drive.
That general attitude most likely extends to drivers of motorcycles, as these vehicles are simply made for having fun and feeling free. Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than larger vehicles, and when that reality is combined with the general approach to driving employed by younger drivers as opposed to older ones with more experience, it’s reasonable to think that younger motorcyclists tend to be involved in more accidents than anyone else. It may be time to revisit that perspective.
According to a study that was recently completed by Swinton Bikes, which is a motorcycle driver insurer in the United Kingdom, middle-aged motorcycle drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents than drivers of other age groups. An article regarding this research can be found here, and the research measures the likelihood of being involved in a motorcycle accident by percentages to account for the difference in the raw number of drivers in different age groups.
The study involved reviewing more than 20,000 insurance claims that were filed after motorcycle accidents between January and August of this year. The results revealed that 13.2 percent of riders who were between the ages of 33 and 46 filed claims while only 5.82 percent of riders between the ages of 16 and 20 took this step during this timeframe. Therefore, it seems that middle-aged drivers are more than twice as likely to file claims as those who are relatively inexperienced.
In addition, the study found that riders with only one year of experience were less likely to file claims than those with five years of time on the road. Finally, the study found that drivers who had at least 20 years of experience on a motorcycle were the least likely of anyone to file insurance claims following accidents, so there is some value in putting time behind the handlebars.
There are many possibilities that this research could point to, but what people should take from it is that motorcycle accidents can happen to anyone at any time and in any place. Those who are wrongfully injured in these crashes also need to understand that they need to be ready to take immediate steps to protect their legal rights. If this has happened to you or to someone you love, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.