Motorcycle passengers more prone to TBIs than drivers

Motorcycle passengers more prone to TBIs than drivers

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When you travel across Nevada by motorcycle, you have little that protects you in the event of a crash. You face high injury risks in a motorcycle crash regardless of whether you are the person driving the bike or the passenger. However, statistics show that your risk of experiencing a traumatic brain injury is higher when you ride on the back of the bike, rather than drive it. 

According to Reuters, an analysis of about 86,000 motorcycle drivers and passengers revealed troubling statistics about the rate of head injuries among motorcycle passengers. 

Brain injury statistics

TBIs are among the most common types of injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes by both drivers and passengers. However, research shows that passengers wind up with TBIs in about 40% of all motorcycle crashes, while the people driving the bikes experience them in about 36% of bike wrecks. 

The helmet factor

Studies show that even when both the driver and passenger are wearing helmets, passengers are still more prone to experiencing TBIs. Passengers who wear helmets suffer TBIs in about 36% of motorcycle wrecks, whereas motorcycle drivers with helmets experience them in 31% of these instances. 

Potential explanations

Why do you face a higher risk of a TBI as a motorcycle passenger even when you wear a helmet? Some believe this is due to the lack of protection you have as a passenger. Unlike the person driving the bike, you do not have a windshield offering some degree of protection. You also do not have the handlebars to grip during a crash, meaning you face a higher chance of flying off the bike. 

Nevada has a statute of limitations for injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes. You have two years from the date of your injury to pursue an associated claim.