Injured After Being Ejected From a Car in Houston
When a vehicle rolls over or comes to a sudden stop, passengers who are not wearing seat belts, or those whose seat belts are not fastened properly risk being ejected from the vehicle. Vehicle ejection injuries tend to be incredibly serious and these accidents usually happen when cars speeding on a freeway. When these types of collisions are caused by another party, they need to be handled by an experienced Houston car accident lawyer with a law firm equipped to go up against large insurance companies to get the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Most vehicle ejection collisions end with multiple serious injuries that are often life-threatening. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Serious lacerations;
- Broken arms and legs;
- Loss of limbs, especially the lower leg and foot; and
- Serious back injuries.
Types of Injuries Caused in Vehicle Ejections
Single and Multiple Vehicle Collision Ejections Caused by a Rollover
Our attorneys have found that car collisions that result in complete or partial ejections during a rollover tend to result from the following, depending on whether they are single vehicle accidents or multiple vehicle accidents.
Single vehicle accidents:
- Excessive highway speeding, especially at night; and
- Reckless driving on rural roads.
Multiple vehicle accidents:
- Unsafe lane changes on freeways: Too few drivers check their mirrors and look over their shoulders when making a lane change.
- Distracted driving: There are three elements to distracted driving – eyes, hands, and mind. If a driver’s eyes are off the road, they are more likely to crash. If their hand or both hands are off the steering wheel, they are more likely to crash. And, if their mind is elsewhere, again they are more likely to crash. Sending a text or searching for a contact number to dial accomplishes all three of these forms of distraction. And, over-correcting can trigger a rollover.
- Driving under the influence: Drunk drivers speed, swerve, make unsafe lane changes, drive on the wrong side of the road, and have delayed reaction times, all of which lead to rollovers and vehicle ejections.
What Causes People to be Ejected?
Wearing a seat belt drastically reduces an occupant’s chances of being ejected from a vehicle, according to recent research published in the National Library of Medicine. The primary cause of a person being ejected from a vehicle is failure to wear a seat belt, or failing to properly restrain a child in a child seat. In fact, a Houston mother is facing charges after she failed to restrain her five-year old, who was ejected during a collision, as reported by Click 2 Houston. Another cause of vehicle ejection is when the vehicle’s doors, roof, windshield, or side windows are structurally insufficient to keep its occupants inside. Severe collisions or rollovers can damage a vehicle so greatly that it essentially falls apart, causing an ejection even if the occupant is seat-belted.
Reach Out to a Houston Attorney Today
Occupants who were ejected or partially ejected in a Houston area auto collision need aggressive legal help to recoup the damages that were caused to them by the at-fault party. We encourage you to contact the injury attorney at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C., today.