Seattle Occupant Ejection Lawyers
Ejection from a Vehicle - What to Do If You've Been Injured
When the safety devices, particularly the seat restraint systems in a vehicle, are working properly, the occupants should remain belted and inside during a collision. Devastating injuries can occur if an occupant is partially or completely ejected during a crash. The Washington car accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have seen firsthand that these types of accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an occupant ejection accident, support may be available for your considerable losses. Call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation and insight on your case informed by decades of successful legal representation.
Vehicle ejections can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Contact a Seattle accident attorney immediately to protect your rights and discuss your options.
What is an Occupant Ejection Accident?
In the event of a high-speed collision or a rollover accident, there is the potential for one or more of the occupants to be ejected from the vehicle. A partial ejection is said to have occurred when a portion of an occupant's body leaves the vehicle during the accident. A complete ejection occurs when an occupant is thrown entirely outside the vehicle. These accidents are extremely dangerous because victims can suffer trauma during the initial collision, as they come into contact with the windshield or window and when they hit the roadway or ground.
How to Prevent Ejection Accidents
Some collisions are so violent that there is little you can do to stay inside the vehicle. You can, however, reduce your chances of being ejected in a collision by:
- Always wearing a seatbelt. A functional seatbelt will help keep you secured in your seat.
- Wearing your seatbelt correctly. If your seatbelt is not snug against your lap and chest, it may not work properly.
- Never riding in a vehicle that is missing a door. Many off-road vehicles, such as jeeps, do not have doors to help keep occupants inside.
- Choosing a vehicle with a low center of gravity. Many ejection accidents occur during rollover crashes. Vehicles that are wide and low have a reduced chance of rolling over. This is why SUVs and pickups are involved in a large percentage of rollovers and ejections.
- Only using dealership-approved airbags. Airbags can help keep you in the vehicle as well. If you replace your airbags with a cheap, after-market product, it may not work properly.
- Getting your vehicle serviced. Defective brakes, steering columns, and tires can cause a vehicle to veer out of control.
- Practicing safe driving habits. Occupants in speeding vehicles are more likely to be ejected during a crash.
While you still may be seriously injured in a crash, preventing an ejection will make it far less likely that you will suffer fatal or disability-causing injuries.
Determining Liability in Seattle
There are many questions that investigators must try to answer when someone has been ejected. Did the seatbelt or airbag fail to work properly? Was the victim not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash? If it can be determined that the victim was properly wearing a belt and the safety devices failed to work properly, then, it may be possible to file a claim against the auto manufacturer or the maker of a specific defective product.
Auto manufacturers are not the only potentially liable party in these types of collisions. Liability for ejection accidents typically falls on the shoulders of the driver responsible for the crash. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for the victim's medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related damages.
The Aid of a Skilled Washington Occupant Ejection Attorney
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our Seattle passenger injury lawyers have dealt with countless catastrophic crashes that have shattered the lives of innocent victims and their families. With our experienced and successful aid, you can prove the fault of those who caused your crash and are responsible for your losses. To learn more, call our office at (888) 228-3860.