Occupant EjectionJuly 31, 2014
- 1. Causes of Occupant Ejections
- 2. Common Occupant Ejection Injuries
- 3. Types of Occupant Ejections
- 4. Occupant Ejection Statistics
- 5. Contact an Experienced Alabama Occupant Ejection Attorney Today
When a passenger of a vehicle is either partially or completely ejected from the vehicle in an accident, the consequences can be dire. Occupants who are ejected can suffer from devastating injuries or even death. In addition to injuries sustained from being thrown from the vehicle, occupant ejection victims are also in danger of being run over by other cars on the road.
We urge any Alabama resident who has been injured in an occupant ejection car accident to contact our attorneys today. If you lost a loved one in this type of accident, you may be able to pursue wrongful death damages to ensure your family’s financial stability during this difficult time.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our auto accident lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.
Causes of Occupant Ejections
There are many safety devices that are intended to ensure that the occupant is not ejected from the car in a violent crash. Sometimes, these devices fail to keep passengers safe and result in a catastrophic occupant ejection accident.
While almost any type of Alabama car accident could lead to the ejection of a passenger, there are certain causes that are more prone to causing this type of accident, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Seatbelt Malfunctions
- Rollover Accidents
- Defective Door Latches
- Weak Side-Window Glass
If any of the contributing factors listed above caused you or a loved one to be ejected from the vehicle in an accident, our attorneys may be able to help you with your claim. Simply complete the Free Case Review form to the right to get started.
Common Occupant Ejection Injuries
Injuries experienced by those either partially or completely ejected from the car are usually very severe. Some of the most common types of occupant ejection injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Severe injuries can be expensive to treat. If you sustained a serious injury in an accident that was caused by another, we believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your losses. To see how we may be able to help you recover damages from an Alabama occupant ejection accident, complete the Free Case Review form on this page to contact our attorneys right away.
Types of Occupant Ejections
There are two types of ejection accidents that occur as a result of a car crash; partial and total ejection accidents:
- Partial Ejection – When the driver or another occupant is thrown forward but their body does not completely leave the vehicle, it is considered a partial ejection accident. Some common examples of partial ejection are when a passenger is stopped by the windshield, windows or seat belt restraints
- Total Ejection – When a passenger is completely thrown from the vehicle upon impact, the accident is considered a total ejection. In addition to the common injuries sustained by occupant ejection victims, those who are totally ejected from the vehicle are at an increased risk of being hit or run over by an oncoming vehicle and will frequently lead to the wrongful death of the passenger.
Occupant Ejection Statistics
Close to 9,000 people are killed every year and another 20,000 are injured in either a partial or total occupant ejection accident, according to SafeRoads.org. More than 200,000 people were killed in these types of accidents over the last quarter century.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 28 percent of all fatal injuries suffered in auto accidents involve occupant ejection. Around 75 percent of injured victims who are completely ejected from the car will sustain fatal injuries.
Contact an Experienced Alabama Occupant Ejection Attorney Today
It only takes a second for an accident to occur, but the injuries that result from a collision in which an occupant is ejected from the vehicle can last a lifetime and can often become fatal. No one ever expects to be involved in this type of tragic accident, but if you are involved in one, it is crucial that you consult with an attorney who is well-versed in Alabama law before signing any documents from the insurance company.
Insurance providers are in the business of making money and do not always have an injury victim’s best interests at heart. After an accident, they will often offer injured parties far less compensation than they deserve or require to cover the expenses they incurred from the accident.
At the Citrin Law Firm, we are committed to helping Alabama auto accident victims fight for the justice and fair compensation they deserve. With an office in Mobile, our attorneys are available to help personal injury victims in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
We believe that every accident victim deserves access to legal counsel, regardless of their financial status. To make sure that our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, whether through a settlement or by a jury verdict, you do not owe us any fees.
If you are unsure if you have reason to file an injury claim, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a free, initial case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers. During your evaluation, we will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your losses. But do not delay! Alabama has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly affect your ability to recover fair compensation for any damages.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Alabama occupant ejection accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
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