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Life in the Fast Lane: Motorcycle Accidents and Baby Boomers

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The mystique of the motorcycle continues to attract male thrill seekers and men over 40 and 50 who are looking to experience the freedom of the road. Exploiting the cool factor associates motorcycles with perpetual youth and disposal income, two traits baby boomers have never been shy about pursuing as 66 percent of all motorcycle riders are over 40 years old.

The classic motorcycle film, Easy Rider, has left a major imprint on our psyche while the recent Wild Hogs cemented the reality that if average guys like Tim Allen and John Travolta could ride – then anyone could ride. Perhaps it’s an example of midlife madness reaching out for yet another brass ring.

As weekend bikers leave their Lexus SUVs in the garage to ride the wild wind with similarly educated joes—motorcycle accidents are on the rise. 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. The number of motorcyclists 45 and older killed in crashes nearly quadrupled from 2001 to 2005. Oddly, the number of crashes among younger motorcyclists remains steady.

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At a time in life when baby boomers are thinking about improving their health and financial portfolios and questioning their own mortality; it appears contrary to the lifecycle to take a risky ride on the wild side but that is precisely what is happening.

The question remains: Why are there so many motorcycle accidents with baby boomer motorcycle drivers? Perhaps baby boomers have always lived life in the fast lane as radical risk takers and may not be taking the precautions they should. Perhaps baby boomers live for immediate gratification and taking time to learn the intricacies of their slick new powerful toy is taken for granted. And just perhaps, baby boomers are slower to react; more impaired from alcohol and prescription drugs; and not as physically fit as they once were.

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