Injuries Caused by Ejection from Vehicle
Being ejected from your vehicle during a car accident can result in devastating, even deadly injuries. If you have suffered injuries caused by ejection from a vehicle, we can help you seek compensation from the at-fault party. At Therman Law Offices, our Wheaton and Schaumburg car accident lawyers believe that you should be able to focus on your recovery without needing to worry about your legal case. You can rest assured that we will meticulously examine your case and determine all of your legal rights and options.Pursue Compensation for Injuries Caused by Ejection from a Vehicle
An ejection accident occurs when an individual is thrown through the car window or otherwise out of the vehicle at extreme velocity. The ejection may be partial or total. A partial ejection takes place when only part of the body is thrown through the glass or outside the vehicle. A total ejection, on the other hand, takes place when a person is completely thrown out of the vehicle. Both types of ejections can lead to catastrophic injuries.
Ejection accidents may be more common than you think. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ejections in a vehicle accident account for approximately 28 percent of all crash deaths. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 17 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in fixed-object crashes in 2016 involved ejection; 12 percent of the occupants were fully ejected, whereas 5 percent were partially ejected. This translated to 788 full ejections and 354 partial ejections in that year. Victims who are ejected from a car or other vehicle are three times more likely to suffer critical injuries or death.
A common cause of a vehicle ejection is a failure to wear a seatbelt. When a person does not wear a seatbelt, the chances of him or her being thrown from the vehicle increase significantly. However, there are often other factors that can cause or contribute to an ejection accident, such as:
- Excessive speeding at the time of the crash;
- Seatbelt malfunctions;
- Faulty side windows;
- Faulty door latches; or
- Rollover of the vehicle.
Determining who is at fault for causing a crash that leads to a person’s ejection from a vehicle can be tricky. When filing a personal injury claim in Illinois, accident victims seeking compensation must meet their legal burden of proof. In the vast majority of cases, car accident victims and their attorneys rely on the legal theory of negligence to establish their case. Negligence takes place when a person fails to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care, in the context of car accident cases, is the level of care that a reasonably competent driver would use under the same or similar circumstances. For instance, if a driver caused an ejection accident due to excessive speeding, that driver would likely be liable for the resulting harm because a driver using reasonable care would understand the risk of accidents associated with such behavior.
The road to recovery following a serious car accident can be long, as well as costly. Fortunately, Illinois law allows victims of injuries caused by ejection from a vehicle to recover compensation for a variety of damages, such as medical costs, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses connected to the accident.Consult an Attorney After a Serious Crash in Wheaton, Schaumburg, or Beyond
If you have been injured in a car crash that caused you to be ejected from the vehicle, we can help. At Therman Law Offices, our car crash attorneys can assess the merits of your case and help you pursue the compensation that you deserve. These cases are complex, which is why having the right attorney on your side can make a critical difference in your case. We proudly serve victims from Wheaton, Schaumburg, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Villa Park, Addison, Elmhurst, West Chicago, Lemont, Westmont, Oakbrook Terrace, and Clarendon Hills, among other areas of Cook County. For a free case evaluation, call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.