The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released data stating that in 2013, there were 4,668 fatalities attributed to motorcycle crashes. And while adults of all ages ride motorcycles, is there any particular group that has proven especially susceptible to being in fatal motorcycle accidents?

While one might think that younger riders may be more prone to taking the kinds of risks that could lead to fatal motorcycle accidents, statistics indicate that it is riders who are 40 years old and older who are actually having the majority of such accidents. In fact, according to NHTSA data, 56 percent of the motorcyclists killed in 2012 were in this age group.

Brown University researchers believe that older riders may be hampered by declining reaction time and vision. Age can also make a rider more physically fragile. Additionally, many older motorcyclists are favoring larger bikes, which are known to roll over more readily than smaller motorcycles. All of these factors could contribute to older riders suffering serious injuries.

The sudden loss of a loved one due to a motorcycle accident could have devastating emotional effects on the family left behind. Also, often those who are 40 and older are important financial contributors to a household.

If you should lose a family member in a motorcycle accident, you may not be of a mind to worry about money. But understand that you will likely be negotiating with insurance companies for compensation. Based on circumstances, you may also wish to pursue a civil suit against any negligent parties. A California motorcycle accident attorney may be able to offer representation to help receive due recompense.