What You Need to Know
Ejection from a vehicle due to involvement in a crash typically results in death or traumatic injury. Nearly 9,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to ejection from their vehicle. Another 20,000 people sustain traumatic injuries due to partial or complete ejection from their vehicle in a crash. Over the last 25 years, an estimated 200,000 people were killed or severely injured due to ejection from vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that ejections during a vehicle accident accounts for approximately 28 percent of all crash deaths. Statistically, vehicle occupants who are ejected from a car or other vehicle are three times more likely to suffer critical injury or death.
Causes of Vehicle Ejections
The most common cause of vehicle ejections is failure of an individual to wear a seat belt. Absent a seat belt anyone in a vehicle can be thrown from the vehicle due to the sheer force of a collision. Ejection through a side window is can also be caused by the force of a serious crash. Several factors contribute to these ejections, including
- Excessive vehicle speed at the time of the crash
- Faulty door latches
- Faulty side windows
- Defective seat belts
- Incorrectly installed child safety restraints, or
- Rollover of the vehicle.
Further, occupants ejected from a vehicle are at increased risk of being run over by drivers of passing vehicles.
Types of Injuries Resulting from Ejection
When people are ejected from a vehicle as a result of any kind of crash, the resulting injuries are usually very serious. One of the most common scenarios of ejection is a rollover crash in which the occupant of the vehicle is thrown out of the vehicle, which then rolls on top of him or her. The kinds of injuries that often result from ejection include:
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Severe lacerations
- Loss of limbs
Preventing Vehicle Ejections
There are several steps to preventing ejection from a vehicle due to a crash.
- Maintain your vehicle and have doors, seat belts and windows checked regularly.
- Ensure that children’s safety seats are correctly installed.
- When driving, honor the posted speed limit.
- Ensure that everyone in the car is wearing a working seat belt.
If you, or a loved one, are injured in a car crash that causes someone to be ejected from the vehicle, hiring a personal injury attorney should never be a question. These cases are very complex. Investigating the cause of the crash and liability for the ejection is the job of an expert Attorney. You should be focused on either your recovery or your loved one’s recovery. Serious injuries require extensive treatment and can incur large medical costs. You need an attorney with the skills and successful experience in representing people injured in these cases. If necessary, we can file a wrongful death action, as well.
We hope you and your loved ones will never need our assistance with a crash involving ejection from a vehicle. If it should happen, we will be here with compassionate care for you and your family and an aggressive and determined pursuit of justice and appropriate compensation on your behalf.
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