There is a stereotype that motorcycle deaths often involve young riders. This amplifies the idea that these accidents may happen due to inexperience or perhaps because younger riders are more reckless. But do the stats back this up?
They actually do not, at least not anymore, but they help to show why the stereotype exists all the same. In 1975, a staggering 80% of those who died in motorcycle crashes were 29 years old or younger. This was the smallest age group studied and made up the vast majority of deaths. Thus, the stereotype was born.
Those who still believe it, though, have not checked more recent statistics. In 2018, a mere 28% of motorcyclists who passed away fell into this age group. It has seen a steep decline for nearly 50 years and no longer represents the majority of motorcycle fatalities.
In fact, at 37%, those who are 50 years old and older make up the biggest share of modern motorcycle deaths. Back in 1975, they were the smallest age group, with just 3%. It’s very curious to see how the two groups have completely flipped places over the years.
This raises a lot of questions. Are young riders safer now? Are there simply fewer of them on the road? How could other age groups become safer, rather than seeing their own statistics keep rising? What does this mean for the future of the sport?
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by another rider or a driver, regardless of their age at the time, you do need to know what options you have to seek out financial compensation.