Aging is not fun. As you get older, your reflexes slow. You may find it hard to see at night, or even during the day. Your sense of balance changes. Your bones and muscles weaken, and you may lose strength. These changes can affect your ability to ride a motorcycle and increase your risk of a Wisconsin motorcycle accident.
You probably know several people in their 60s, 70s, or even 80s who ride frequently and are just fine. In fact, the average age of motorcyclists is increasing, and more seniors are enjoying bikes. But they must take their physical limitations into account.
One consideration is physical strength. A motorcycle weighs about 700 pounds. In your 30s it was no problem to maneuver your bike and pick it up if it fell. In your 60s it’s harder, but you can use your experience to overcome some of your limitations. For example, an experienced rider knows that parking on a downhill slope means manually walking the motorcycle backwards, up the hill.
Bone strength is another consideration. As we age, our bones are more easily broken and take longer to heal. This means that a crash we might have walked away from while young can now cause serious damage. In addition, existing medical problems such as heart conditions, high blood pressure, or diabetes can complicate your recovery. Older riders must be vigilant about safety and injury protection.
The most important consideration may be reflexes and reaction time. When you are traveling at 60 miles per hour, every second counts. A delay in reflexes could mean serious injury or even death.
How do you know that your reflexes have slowed? You may find that your thoughts seem slower. It takes longer to make a decision and longer to move once you made that decision. In fact, those slowed reflexes may also be affecting your driving ability. If you notice that you make frequent mistakes while driving your car, it is probably time to give up your motorcycle. A mistake that causes a minor car accident can be fatal to a motorcyclist.
If you are injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle crash, your age and pre-existing medical conditions may influence your insurance settlement. Don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Contact the Milwaukee motorcycle injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The no-obligation initial consultation is free.