Passenger vehicles come with many safety features, including seat belts, airbags, roll bars, crumple zones, and more. Unfortunately, none of these safety features can protect you from injuries if you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash. It is important to recognize why people are ejected and the often life-threatening injuries that can result.
Reasons for Ejections
The number one reason why vehicle ejections happen is that an occupant is not wearing a seat belt. Without a seat belt, even a seemingly minor impact can send someone through the windshield or window of a car. While buckling up can prevent ejections in many situations, a seat belt will not necessarily keep you in the car in severe crashes.
Some other factors that can lead to vehicle ejections include:
- Failure of the Locking Mechanism
- Defects that cause a seat belt to malfunction and fail
- Damaged windows that shatter easily
- Rollover accidents
- Door latches that are broken or defective
In some situations, you can be ejected even if you believed you were safely protected by your seat belt. Even though you may be at fault for the collision or roll over, if there is a product failure if tragically injured, you can pursue a injury claim. However not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the collision will place fault on you claiming a seat belt failure there will not be a claim to pursue.
No matter what causes a vehicle ejection, it is likely that victims will sustain devastating injuries. In fact, many ejection victims do not survive, and in this case, the family should look into the possibility of a wrongful death claim.
If an ejection victim survives, they might face a long road to recovery, and they might have injuries that leave them with permanent disabilities and in need of lifelong treatment. Some injuries that commonly result in ejections include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries and permanent paralysis
- Severe traumatic brain injuries leading to coma and cognitive or physical impairments
- Internal organ damage requiring emergency surgery
- Internal hemorrhaging
- Crush injuries
Human bodies are not built to withstand the significant amount of force that comes from being thrown from a car landing on the pavement with nothing to protect you. In some situations, an ejected person might hit an object or even get run over by another vehicle. Ejected accident victims almost always need emergency transportation, hospitalization, and ongoing medical care for months - or likely years - to come.
You must preserve the vehicle for inspection and evaluation by our crash experts.
It is imperative that anyone who ejected from a car in a crash caused by another person to call now The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC an experienced Personal Injury Attorney. David C. Chavez is recognized as a Top 10 Top 100 and Super Lawyer in the Personal Injury Field.
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After a serious crash, The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC, is here to help. Call 505-865-9696 or contact us online so we can start the evaluation of your claim.