Chicago Accident Lawyer Patrick A. Salvi Says New Study Underscores Likelihood of Severe Injury in Motorcycle Crashes

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Salvi, the managing equity partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., says a new Brown University study finding that older motorcycle riders are more susceptible to injury isn’t surprising or as important as understanding the risks that motorcyclists of all ages face.

Attorney representing motorcycle accident victims in Chicago and Illinois

Patrick A. Salvi

It’s not exactly a revelation that we are more susceptible to injury in falls and other accidents as we age, but it is useful to reiterate, as this study does, that a motorcycle accident can easily cause serious personal injury or death.

A new study indicating that older motorcyclists suffer more severe injuries in motorcycle accidents than younger riders reinforces the fact that all motorcycle wrecks carry the risk of serious, life-changing injury, Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer Patrick A. Salvi said today.

“It’s not exactly a revelation that we are more susceptible to injury in falls and other accidents as we age, but it is useful to reiterate, as this study does, that a motorcycle accident can easily cause serious personal injury or death,” said Salvi, managing equity partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a personal injury law firm serving Chicago and communities across Illinois.

The Brown University study published in the February issue of the journal Injury Prevention concludes that that bikers ages 60 and older are 2.5 times more likely to suffer severe injuries in a motorcycle accident than riders in their 20s and 30s.

The study examined injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes in the U.S. from 2001 to 2008 that were treated in hospital emergency rooms. It compared the types and severity of injuries suffered by motorcycle riders aged 20-39, 40-59 years and 60-older.

“The number of injuries increased in all groups from 2001 to 2008, with the greatest rate of increase occurring in the oldest age group,” the study’s authors said. “Older adults had a threefold increased rate of hospitalization compared with younger adults.

A Los Angeles Times report about the study said that about a quarter of all U.S. motorcycle riders today are ages 50 or older – more than double the number there were in 1990.

Salvi pointed out that the study found more internal organ injuries, particularly brain injuries, among the older age groups and less-serious injuries such as contusions, abrasions, strains or sprains among the youngest group.

Fractures were the most common injury in a motorcycle accident regardless of the motorcyclist’s age.

“These are the types of injuries we commonly see in motorcycle accidents, particularly in motorcycle accidents involving cars, regardless of the age of the motorcycle rider,” Salvi said.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. investigates motorcycle accidents in the pursuit of compensation for victims of other drivers’ or riders’ negligence and recklessness.

Salvi said the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2011 Crash Facts and Statistics report shows a general increase in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries among progressively older age groups.

There were 3,756 motorcycle crashes in Illinois in 2011, including 142 fatal crashes and 2,745 resulting in personal injury, according to IDOT.

“Our experience shows that many of these accidents are caused by the carelessness of drivers in other motor vehicles,” Salvi said. “When a negligent driver causes severe injury or death in a motorcycle accident, our concern is to protect the rights of those who are injured and to make sure they are fully compensated for their expenses and losses.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $650 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 195 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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