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Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. Not only is it a small and easily hidden vehicle on a road with large vehicles on it, but motorcycles have no protection around the rider and a fall, even without a collision, can lead to serious injury.

The main consequence of motorcycle accidents include head injuries such as concussion or traumatic brain injury resulting in coma and death, leg fractures, particularly tibia and fibula fractures, pelvic fractures, rib fractures and internal injuries.

In the last decade, there has been a significant change in who rides motorcycles. Fewer young people are owning motorcycles, while the number of motorcyclists who are older than 40 years of age has increased substantially. While motorcyclists who are older tend to drive more safely and tend to have less reckless driving, they are still getting into accidents and are suffering more morbidity and mortality when compared to younger people.

Older people in motorcycle accidents have a greater degree of thoracic injuries when compared to the young. They suffer from an increase in multiple rib fractures, collapsed lung, lung contusions and cardiac contusions when compared to young people. They also suffer from more head injuries, such as skull fractures and traumatic brain injury. Pelvic fractures are more common in older people, who also suffer from femur fractures, tibia and fibula fractures and internal injuries to the abdomen.

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