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How Vehicle Ejections Happen in Car Accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2020 | Auto Accidents, Personal Injury |

While every car accident is frightening, being ejected from the vehicle during the course of an accident is undeniably terrifying. When the impact of an accident is especially powerful, it can eject the driver and/or occupants of the vehicle and increase the risk that the accident will be deadly. If another driver’s negligence causes you to be injured in an ejection accident, consult with an experienced Freehold, New Jersey, personal injury attorney today.

Vehicle Ejection Statistics

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares that ejection from one’s vehicle is among the most dangerous things that can happen in the course of a car accident. Additionally, NHTSA forwards several important statistics:

  • In 2014, 81 percent of vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from their vehicles died.
  • In 2014, 17 percent of those killed in passenger car accidents were ejected from their vehicles.
  • In 2014, 33 percent of those killed in light truck accidents were ejected from their vehicles.

Further, NHTSA reports that seat belts are highly effective at preventing ejections.

Contributing Factors to Vehicle Ejections

Not wearing a seat belt makes a car occupant far more vulnerable to an ejection, but there are other factors that can also make ejections more likely, including:

  • Excessive speed
  • Damaged or defective side windows
  • Damaged or defective door handles and/or locks
  • Rollover accidents (which are also closely related to speed)

The Impact of Ejection

The tremendous impact associated with being thrown from a moving car – either through a window or a door is difficult to imagine or to overestimate. In fact, it’s exactly as powerful as you would imagine, and the human body is not designed to withstand this level of impact. It is for this reason that ejections are often fatal. When victims do survive, they generally sustain very serious injuries that can include:

  • Traumatic Brain injuries – Car occupants are generally thrown headfirst, which can lead to extremely serious head injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Deep Cuts, Bruises, and Abrasions – Being thrown through a plate of glass onto the ground can cause serious cuts, bruises, and abrasions that can ultimately be disfiguring.
  • Broken Bones – Broken bones are common injuries in car accidents, and this holds true for ejections. A broken bone is a painful injury that can be slow to heal, and that can lead to serious complications.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – A serious spinal cord injury can lead to permanent paralysis.

If You’ve Been Injured in an Ejection, You Need a Freehold, NJ, Personal Injury Attorney

Accidents that lead to car ejections are among the deadliest accidents, and if another driver’s negligence leaves you so injured, you need professional legal counsel on your side. Allow the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lomurro Law in Freehold, New Jersey, to apply their decades of legal experience to your case. Our formidable legal team is committed to aggressively advocating on behalf of your rights and the compensation to which you are entitled. Your case is important to us, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 732-482-9285 for more information today.