A motorcycle passenger may be more at risk of suffering a serious injury than the driver of the vehicle according to a study for many reasons including passengers are less likely to wear helmets. According to Reuters, researchers have discovered that after studying 80,000 motorcycle drivers and 6,000 passengers who were involved in accidents between 2007 and 2010, two-thirds of the drivers were wearing their helmet while only 57.5% of passengers were not. Due to this lack of head protection, more passengers suffered traumatic brain injuries than drivers, although the injury is one of the most common types all motorcycle accident victims suffer.
Motorcycle passengers are also more likely to be ejected from the bike than the driver, the source suggests, which also increases their chances of suffering a severe injury. According to Dr. Tyler Evans of the Indiana University School of Medicine, drivers may be at a lower risk of being ejected in certain situations because they “sit behind a protective windshield and have a firm grip on the steering column, while the passenger often sits at a higher position behind the driver with little to hold on to.”
Common Injuries Suffered by Motorcycle Passengers in an Accident
Because motorcycle passengers have little protection shielding them from the impact of an accident, they are more prone to suffering the following injuries when involved in a wreck:
- Head injuries. The most common injuries motorcycle accident victims suffer are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 150 Americans die each day from TBI-related injuries. A TBI can be mild and only affect a victim for a short period of time, or it can be severe and have a life-long effect on the injured victim.
- Neck injuries. Depending upon the impact, a neck injury can also range from mild to severe, although motorcycle riders are more prone to suffering more serious neck injuries.
- Fractures. Motorcycle riders are at risk of suffering a fracture in multiple areas of their bodies, especially when they are ejected from their bike as they do not have a car or truck to absorb the brunt of the impact.
How can a Nebraska motorcycle accident lawyer help a motorcycle passenger who was injured in an accident?
A motorcycle accident attorney in Nebraska can assist a motorcycle accident victim with many things following a collision, including, but not limited to:
- Helping them identify the liable parties in the accident.
- Pursue the liable parties for compensation for things like pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
- File a personal injury lawsuit if necessary.
- Negotiate for a fair settlement.
If a motorcycle accident victim would like to discuss the recent accident they were involved in and learn more about what a Nebraska motorcycle accident attorney can do for them, they can contact Rensch & Rensch Law.
Rensch & Rensch Law can be reached at:
Omaha Law Office
7602 Pacific Street, #102
Omaha, NE 68114
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1470 25th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601