Here in Michigan, Baby Boomers account for nearly two-thirds of all motorcyclists....and...are involved in more fatalities than any other group of bikers.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning noticed a large increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities after the 2002 to 2004 period. There were no changes in where the crashes occurred or when they were occurring according to Lidia Kostyniuk, a research scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
The difference was in the population of motorcyclists.
There was a large increase in older bikers and a large number of those over 45 years of age who were among the fatalities. In 2001, 14 percent of the people that died in biker crashes were 45 and above but in 2005, that age group represented over 40 percent of fatalities.
Because older people are more frail than younger people, they are more likely to sustain an injury or die from a crash of equal magnitude. Since the trend is toward increased aging of the motorcycle population, it is important that Boomer bikers refresh and maintain their skill levels. Kostyniuk thinks this is not just a phenomenon in Michigan but is also being faced in other states.