Occupant Ejection Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

When the occupant of a vehicle is partially or completely ejected from the vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. Vehicle occupants who are ejected can suffer catastrophic injuries or even death. Those who are ejected are also in danger of being run over by other vehicles on the roadway. There are several reasons why these horrific accidents and injuries can occur. According to the Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report, statistics show that there were 281,340 motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012. 

Of these traffic crashes, 198,032 of them involved injuries and 2,430 of them resulted in fatalities. Unfortunately, traffic crashes are becoming more and more common. So too are the injuries and fatalities that accompany them.  Although many types of traffic crash scenarios may result in an injury or death, a leading cause of traffic crash injuries and fatalities are accidents that involve occupant ejections.

Where an occupant is ejected from a vehicle during or after a motor vehicle crash, there can be grave results. According to the National Safety Council, in 2011 77% of all fatal crashes involved occupants who were totally ejected from a vehicle. This is an overwhelming statistic, so it is important that you are knowledgeable about this subject.

Types of Occupant Ejections

Occupant ejections are usually divided into two categories: 

  • Partial Ejection: a partial ejection is considered to have occurred when a driver or passenger is thrown forward or out but their entire body is not completely ejected out of the car
  • Total Ejection: a total ejection occurs when a driver or passenger is thrown completely out of the vehicle upon impact. Both partial ejections and total ejections can result in serious injury.  However, total ejections often put a passenger or driver at risk for being injured more than once as they become vulnerable to being run over after a traffic accident has occurred. Still, partial ejections can render a passenger or driver helpless to escape a vehicle when necessary.

Causes of Occupant Ejections

Many different types of traffic crashes can result in occupant ejections. However, there are several scenarios that can increase the likelihood of these occurrences. These scenarios include, but are not limited to:

  • An occupant not wearing a seat belt
  • Defective seat belts
  • Defective airbags
  • Faulty child safety seats
  • Misuse of a child safety seat
  • Rollover crashes

Injuries That May Result from Occupant Ejections

Serious injuries often result when an occupant is ejected from a vehicle. Injured parties can suffer tremendous loss and injuries from both partial and total ejections. Ejections often result in paralysis, but many other injuries may result, such as:

  • Back and neck injuries: cervicalgia (neck pain), bulging discs, herniated discs, etc.
  • Disfigurement: deep and permanent change to one’s appearance
  • Traumatic brain injuries: disruption in typical brain function
  • Fractures: broken bones
  • Lacerations: deep cut or tear
  • Post-traumatic fibromyalgia: pain disorder brought about by some sort of trauma
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: mental health/emotional condition that may result after a traumatic event

It is important that you are aware of the dangers associated with occupant ejections so that you may take all necessary precautions to help you avoid the dangers. However, if you or a loved one has experienced either a partial or total ejection from a motor vehicle, an experienced lawyer will be able to assist you. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. You deserve compensation.

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