If a motor vehicle accident happens, many things take place. For example, occupants may fly from a window with extreme velocity. Compare the figures. Passengers who remain in a car during a crash have a greater chance at living. Statistics show death at three times higher if ejected from a wrecked vehicle. So a strapped in person is three times safer in a wreck. Seat belts do help keep drivers and passengers safer in a vehicle.
Partial Ejection Can Also Mean Major Harm.
But let’s say they get stuck. So at this point, the body is partway out. The person is hanging halfway at the waist. And if the car rolls over, or gets smashed, that person will be hurt. This may happen in a side impact or a rollover crash.
As the head hits the tempered glass windows, they break. At this point, a person might shoot out of the opening. But on occasion, they get stuck and get trapped. If that happens, we call it a partial ejection.
So these cases may end in severe facial disfigurement and brain trauma. And they might even lead to a fatality. Because the trapped occupant gets pinned, no escape will be possible. You can’t get from under a car or object so heavy. If you do, a case like this ends with extreme pain and scarring for life.
At least one source says that yearly, almost 9,000 die in ejections. And around 20,000 vehicle occupants get hurt or killed. These are in partial and total removals. Also interesting to note, ejections have caused at least 200,000 deaths. And this was in the last 25 years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports are instructive. In fact, 28% or so of all crash deaths involved an occupant ejection. And something like 75% of accident injuries arose from vehicle ejections.
Many types of devices protect vehicle occupants. But they cannot be fail-safe devices all the time. In a violent wreck, even a seat belt, or carriage might fail. Then, cars break open like a can of sardines thrown against a wall. But steps may be followed to mitigate the chances. First of all, buckle up.
But even if you do, nothing means you are safe. Poorly made, defective seat belts might come undone or fail. If your seat restraint device breaks, getting thrown from the car may take place. The trauma may be minor or catastrophic.
Brain injuries come to mind, along with back and neck injuries. A broken back quickly leads to quadriplegia or tetraplegia. Also, this goes for defective child carriers and booster seats.
The ejection could be the fault of the vehicle maker. But it could combine with the person who hit you. Also, it could include the seat-belt maker. And even the car seat manufacturer may be a defendant.
So what if no products defect case exists? In that case, perhaps a claim against the government exists. Maybe one of their agents was responsible for the wreck? That’s why it’s a big deal to get a lawyer. And it needs to be an advocate who knows his or her stuff.
How To Get Paid.
Getting paid means having a legal team with experience in car accidents. Ehline Law Firm has the experience, knowledge, and skill needed to win your case. And their team of expert investigators, doctors, engineers aid you every step of the way.
If the bereaving and surviving kin want to sue, they seek monetary recovery. And this pays them for what they lost. So they are pursuing lost wages. Also, they want money for loss of companionship, sex, love, and happiness. To get the most money, a lawyer searches for potential defendants with assets.
- Employer of the driver who hit you (look at course, scope, vicarious liability).
- Whether the person knew or should have known the driver was a danger. (eg., you loan your car to a person. You know of a suspended license for reckless driving, etc.).
- Whether the builder of the car or the seat belts was negligent.
- Was the person who hit you solely at fault?
- Does a potential Government entity claim exist? It could be for negligent maintenance of the roadways, for example.
Other important steps to take are to preserve evidence. This will help dispel or include fault. Also, it enables us to gather things like:
- Accident scene photos.
- A copy of the Traffic Collision Investigation Report.
- Do government requests. Obtain the history of the accident scene and wrecks.
- Storing the plaintiff’s vehicle. And we demand the defendant’s vehicle become preserved as evidence. Before repairs, this should take place.
- Comb the evidence for seat belt failure, airbag failure, and driver errors. Then look at percipient witnesses and written or recorded statements.
As discussed, many potential results are possible. In the end, however, the people or companies at fault will be on the hook. The highly reputable accident lawyers at Ehline Law have combined years experience. They have dealt with many nuances and truisms of a catastrophic car accident claim.
So if you suffered from a serious throw from a passenger or commercial vehicle, contact us. Call for a free legal consultation. No obligation or risk to you: (213) 596-9642.