When a passenger of a vehicle is either partially or completely ejected from the car in a collision, the results can be catastrophic. Occupants who have been ejected from a vehicle will often suffer from severe and potentially fatal injuries. In addition to injuries sustained from being thrown from the car, victims of occupant ejection are also at risk of being run over by other vehicles on the road at the time of the collision.
According to statistics, around 20,000 people are injured each year and another 9,000 die as a result of either a partial or total occupant ejection.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina occupant ejection accident, we encourage you to contact our firm right away. If you lost a loved one due to this type of injury, you may be eligible to pursue wrongful death damages in order to ensure your family’s financial stability during this difficult time.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our auto accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Types of Occupant Ejections
When a passenger is ejected from a vehicle in the event of an accident, the incident can be classified as either a partial or a total ejection accident.
A partial ejection happens when a passenger in the car is thrown forward, but their body does not entirely leave the vehicle. Some common examples of partial ejection accidents include when a passenger is stopped by the windshield, windows or seat belt restraints.
A total ejection accident occurs when a passenger is entirely thrown from the vehicle upon impact. In addition to injuries sustained upon ejection, victims of total ejection accidents are at a heightened risk of being run over by an oncoming vehicle. Total ejection accidents frequently result in the wrongful death of the victim.
Causes of Occupant Ejection Accidents
Seat belts and other safety devises are designed to protect a passenger from being ejected from the vehicle in a violent accident. Sometimes, these devices can fail or passengers do not use them properly, causing them to be at risk for ejection in the event of a collision.
Just about any type of North Carolina car accident can result in the ejection of a passenger; however, there are some causes that are more prone to ejection, including:
- Seat Belt Malfunctions
- Rollover Accidents
- Defective Door Latches
- Weak Side-Window Glass
At Lewis & Keller, our lawyers may be able to help you recover losses from your injuries if you were ejected from a vehicle in a Winston-Salem or Greensboro car crash. Simply complete the Free Case Review form to the left to get started.
Common Injuries Sustained by Occupant Ejection Victims
Injuries suffered in this type of accident are usually very severe. Some of the most common types of occupant ejection injuries include:
- Back and Neck Damage
- Broken Bones
- Broken Glass Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
The treatment of occupant ejection injuries can become expensive. We believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your losses if you sustained a serious injury in an accident that was caused by the actions or negligence of another. Complete the Free Case Review form on this page to see how we may be able to help you with your claim.
Contact a Knowledgeable North Carolina Occupant Ejection Attorney Today
At Lewis & Keller, we are committed to fighting for the rights of North Carolina auto accident victims who have suffered harm at the hands of another. It only takes a second for an accident to occur, but the injuries that result can last a lifetime and can often become fatal.
No one ever expects to be involved in a crash, but if you are involved in one, it is important that you consult with a lawyer who is well-versed in North Carolina personal injury law before signing any documents from the insurance company.
Do not delay in seeking legal counsel. North Carolina has a strict statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly limit your ability to recover fair compensation for your losses.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford proper representation, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, you do not owe us any fees until we are successful in obtaining a favorable outcome for your injury claim, whether this is through a settlement or jury verdict. If we fail to do this, there is never any cost to you.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Greensboro or Winston-Salem 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.