Being ejected from your vehicle during a car accident can result in some of the most severe injuries of all time. This is why it is critical for everyone to wear a seat belt each and every time they get in a motor vehicle. However, sometimes people forget and devastating accidents involving ejection injuries do occur. Not wearing your seat belt leaves you susceptible to a host of injuries, and at times even those wearing a seat belt can be ejected during a crash. Below we take a closer look at some of the most common injuries caused by ejection during an accident.
Causes of Car Ejections
The most common cause of ejection is not wearing a seat belt. Drivers or passengers who fail to wear a seat belt may be thrown forward through the windshield due to the force of the accident. A person can also be ejected through the side window or out a car door during a serious crash. Some common factors that can cause or contribute to an ejection include:
- Excessive speed at the time of the accident
- Seat belt malfunctions
- Vehicle rollover
- Faulty side windows
- Faulty door latches
There are two main types of ejections that a driver or passenger can experience during an accident:
- Partial ejection—a part of the body is thrown through the glass or outside of the vehicle.
- Total ejection—a person is thrown completely out of the vehicle.
Partial ejections can result in considerable injury, particularly to the body part that is thrown outside the vehicle. Total ejections, however, are the most severe. A person thrown from the vehicle may become further injured after being struck by a part of their vehicle or another vehicle.
Injuries Caused by Ejection from the Vehicle
It takes considerable force to eject a person or a portion of a person from the vehicle. Accordingly, injuries from ejections tend to be quite severe. The following is a list of injuries commonly sustained by those ejected from a vehicle either partially or fully:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord damage, including crushed or damaged vertebrae
- Cracked skull
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations
Ejection crashes are far more likely to result in fatalities than accidents where are people are contained within the vehicle. This makes it imperative that you and your family members wear a seat belt each and every time you get into a vehicle. Remind children of the importance of wearing a seat belt and do not take off before checking that everyone in your vehicle is buckled. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
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