Riding a motorbike poses an undeniable risk, as too many people who engage in such kind of activity end up severely injured or even dead. The statistics show that many more people die from motorcycle accidents compared to car crashes.
The Harvard Medical School along with the Massachusetts General Hospital, analyzed the connection between huge motorcycle rallies and organ donations. They concluded that between the years 2005 and 2021, the number of organ transplants increased by 21 percent per day during motorcycle rallies, according to Futurism. The researchers analyzed the data collected from over 10,000 organ donors and more than 35,000 transplant recipients over the specified time period.
David Cron, the primary author of the new research, explained, as Futurism quotes:
It is important for transplant communities in places where these events are held to be aware of the potential for increased organ donors during those periods,
Organ donation is often called the gift of life, and we should make sure that we do not squander it and can turn any of these tragic deaths into a chance to potentially save other lives.
Another important aspect to mention, as the same source quotes, is that “the increase in the number of organs available was not enough to relieve the critical shortage of donor organs that the nation faces, even for a brief period.”
Events such as South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or Daytona, Florida’s Bike Week attract hundreds of thousands of attendees each, and they take place every year.
According to other sources, the stats show that compared to driving a car, riding a motorcycle exposes you to a 28 times greater risk of dying if an accident takes place. You are also four times more likely to suffer injuries after riding a bike compared to using a car.
The new findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine.