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Injuries Caused by Ejection From a Vehicle
Car accidents in which a person is ejected from a vehicle can result in life-threatening and deadly injuries. Vehicle ejection injuries often cause permanent disabilities, altering a person’s life forever. Car occupants can take some steps to prevent ejection injuries from happening, such as wearing a seatbelt. At the same time, it is important to remember that many of these collisions happen because of another motorist’s careless or reckless actions on the road. If you or a loved one sustained injuries caused by ejection from a vehicle, you should get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.How Ejection Injuries Happen in Car Crashes
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), approximately 83% of vehicle occupants who are ejected in crashes sustain fatal injuries. In many cases, wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce the risk of a vehicle ejection. In a car, wearing a seatbelt in the front seat can reduce the risk of death by 45% and the risk of a critical injury by about 50%. Seat belts are even more effective at reducing the likelihood of death or serious injury in light trucks.
The following are some of the most common ways that ejection injuries happen in motor vehicle crashes:
- Failing to wear a seat belt;
- Malfunctioning seat belt;
- Traveling at speeds too high for conditions;
- Vehicle rollover;
- Defective door or door latch; and/or
- Defective windows.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that injuries from vehicle ejections account for almost 30% of all motor vehicle crash deaths, in addition to thousands of serious nonfatal injuries in collisions every year. The following are among the most common types of injuries caused by ejection from a motor vehicle:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs);
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Disfigurement; and
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
With the help of an experienced car crash lawyer, you should get started on an auto insurance claim as soon as possible after the accident in which you suffered ejection injuries. If it is necessary to file a lawsuit, it is important to know that you must file that lawsuit within a specific amount of time. If you suffered serious but nonfatal ejection injuries, you will need to file a personal injury lawsuit. While each state has its own statute of limitations for such claims, California law, for instance, gives most plaintiffs two years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit. If you lost a loved one due to ejection injuries, you will need to speak with an attorney about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.Seek Advice from an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Did you sustain injuries in an ejection by a motor vehicle? Or did you lose a loved one as a result of fatal injuries caused by ejection from a car or light truck? It is extremely important to seek advice from a car accident lawyer about filing a claim for compensation. Contact the Walton Law Firm to learn more about your options.