A Rockford, IL man suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition after he was ejected from his vehicle in a car accident. WIFR TV News reported on the March 19, 2018 incident, where the victim’s car veered off the road and struck a utility pole, leading to an impact that threw him several yards. The victim is lucky, since being ejected from a vehicle is far more likely to result in death as compared to other types of crashes. Still, the severity of his injuries is not surprising because such a violent crash leads to extreme trauma. If you were ejected in a car accident that was not your fault, talk to an auto accident lawyer, and review some important information about common factors, typical injuries, and your right to compensation.
How Ejections Occur
You can reduce your risk of serious injury by getting tossed from a car by wearing a seatbelt, as not buckling up is the most common reason for being ejected in a vehicle collision. However, other causes are not always under your control, such as:
- Seatbelt Defects: A design or manufacturing flaw can lead a seatbelt to fail, leaving you unsecured and prone to injury.
- Excessive Speed: It takes a great force to expel a person from the interior of a car, so speeding is often a factor.
- Rollover Incidents: When a vehicle rolls over in a crash, ejection may occur as a secondary outcome resulting from gravity. Victims are most often tossed out when the rollover is side-to-side, rather than end-over end.
- Defective Components: Latches on windows and doors may contain defects, whether due to the design or manufacturing process. When they fail, the door or window may open upon the impact of a crash. With a large enough opening, a person may be thrown out.
Types of Ejection Scenarios
There are two ways that ejections occur in car accidents:
- A partial ejection happens when a limb, extremity, or other part of the victim’s body is expelled from the car, either through window or door openings. This situation is most likely to result in amputation, either due to the trauma or later through surgery.
- Total ejection occurs when an individual’s entire body is thrown from the vehicle. The most severe injuries result as the victim hits the ground or is struck by another vehicle.
Common Injuries Resulting When You are Ejected from a Car
Victims who are tossed from a vehicle during an auto crash often sustain devastating injuries, if they even survive the trauma. Temporary or permanent disabilities are common when a person suffers:
- Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI);
- Internal organ damage and bleeding;
- Bone fractures, particularly limbs and extremities;
- Back and neck injuries, especially to the spinal cord, vertebrae, and surrounding tissues; and,
- Severe cuts, lacerations, and contusions.
Contact a Knowledgeable Car Accident Lawyer Regarding Ejection Injuries
When you experience severe injuries after being ejected in an auto accident, you need solid legal representation to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys at Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. are by your side when going up against pushy insurance companies, so please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Rockford, IL or LaSalle County offices.