Being ejected from a motor vehicle as a result of an accident will almost surely lead to serious or even tragic injuries. Call our law firm if you or a loved one has been severely harmed.
When a car crash occurs, whether or not those within the vehicles involved will be injured, and how serious those injuries may be, depends on a number of different factors. For example, speed can have a major impact on the force involved in the crash, as can the weight of the vehicles. Safety features of the vehicle, the use of seatbelts, and the angle of collision all make a difference, too.
An individual is likely to be severely or fatally harmed if he or she is ejected from a vehicle as a result of the impact of a crash. The following is an overview of how vehicle ejections happen in an accident, and what you should do if you have been severely injured in a car crash.
Ejection Accidents are Serious
When a person is ejected from a vehicle, he or she is at risk of many different serious injuries. When tossed from a vehicle, a victim may suffer bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, or traumatic brain injuries. The ejection accident may also involve another object hitting the victim or pinning the victim, resulting in a crush injury, suffocation injury, or another serious injury.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), in 2017, about 83% of motor vehicle occupants who were ejected in a crash did not survive their injuries.
How Ejection Accidents Happen
Almost all motor vehicle accidents, including ejection accidents, are preventable. Ejection accidents may happen as a result of:
- A vehicle rollover. If a vehicle rolls over as a result of a crash, the risk of an occupant being ejected from the crash is high. Ejections are less common in non-rollover crashes.
- Failure to wear a seatbelt. The number one thing that you can do to reduce your risk of serious injury in a crash and to reduce your risk of being thrown from the vehicle on impact is to wear a seatbelt. Failing to wear a seatbelt significantly increases the risk of vehicle ejection.
What to do if You or a Loved One is Seriously Harmed in an Ejection Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in an ejection, the injuries and damages you are facing are likely significant. You have the right to bring forth a claim for damages against the at-fault party on behalf of yourself; if your loved one has died due to fatal injuries, you may have a cause of action for a wrongful death suit. Both types of civil actions can be used to recover monetary compensation for economic and noneconomic damages associated with a crash.
Call the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C. Today
Do not wait to take action after a serious crash. Call our Texas car accident lawyers today for a free consultation and an overview of your rights and options. Our lawyers are here to serve you.