Automotive Occupant Ejection Injury Compensation
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that more than 24,000 injury crashes occurred on the states roads and highways in 2010. Many of these injury crashes involved occupant ejections. Whether an accident victim is partially or completely ejected from the vehicle, they can sustain serious and sometimes fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 28 percent of all fatal injuries suffered in vehicle crashes involve occupant ejections. In addition to the injuries sustained from being ejected out of the vehicle, accident victims are at risk for being run over by other motorists on the road.
If you or a family member suffered occupant ejection injuries due to the negligent actions of another, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact an Oklahoma auto accident attorney today to discuss your legal options.
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Causes of Occupant Ejections
The design of passenger vehicles has evolved over the past five decades. Motor vehicles are now equipped with several safety devices to protect vehicle occupants in a car accident. Unfortunately, these safety devices sometimes fail during a vehicle crash and can cause an occupant ejection.
An individual can be ejected in almost any type of motor vehicle accident; however, there are certain causes that make occupants more susceptible to being thrown out of the vehicle. Listed below are some causes of occupant ejections:
- Defective seat belts
- Malfunctioning door latches
- Rollover crashes
- Weak window glass
If you were ejected from a motor vehicle due to malfunctioning auto parts, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact an auto accident attorney at The Edwards Law Firm today.
Common Occupant Ejection Injuries
Injuries sustained from an occupant ejection tend to be serious and life-threatening. Some common injuries caused by a vehicle ejection include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Rib and torso injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Treatment for occupant ejection injuries can be very expensive for the victim. If you were injured after being thrown out of the vehicle, you may be entitled to legal and financial recourse.
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Different Types of Occupant Ejections
Occupant ejections can be split into two groups, partial and complete ejections:
- Partial Ejection- This occurs when an occupant is thrown forward but their body is not entirely ejected from the car. Partial ejections occur when an individual is stopped by a seatbelt or the vehicles windshield.
- Total Ejection- When an occupant is completely thrown out of the vehicle upon impact this is referred to as a total ejection. Vehicle occupants are at risk of being run over after a total ejection.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today
According to SafeRoads.org, every year 9,000 people are killed and another 20,000 are injured from occupant ejections. If you or a loved one has been injured from an occupant ejection, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Accidents victims should seek legal guidance from an experienced attorney.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our skilled personal injury attorneys can advise injury victims about the legal rights available to them. We offer free legal consultations to all accident victims in Oklahoma. Injured individuals can receive legal assistance at our offices in Tulsa and McAlester.
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