Boston Car Ejection Lawyers
Boston has the most congested traffic in the country, according to research. In a recent year, Boston drivers lost an average of 149 hours stuck in traffic – the worst in the U.S. in terms of wasted hours due to heavy traffic. More drivers on the road mean a higher risk of motor vehicle accidents and injuries. Some of the most severe injuries can occur when drivers or passengers are ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
In a five-year study, researchers found that 27.1% of fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants were ejected in a crash, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of the 54,505 people who were ejected, 77.3% were fatally injured, and 15.1% had incapacitating injuries. There is a relationship between the speed at which a vehicle is traveling and the likelihood that an occupant will be ejected in a fatal accident.
Drivers or passengers can be ejected from a vehicle for a variety of reasons. Common causes include:
- Defective seat belts
- Faulty door latches
- Rollover accidents
- High speed collisions
Ejection from a vehicle can cause serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. Common injuries that occur when a person is partially or totally ejected from a vehicle include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe lacerations
- Disfiguring facial injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Severe orthopedic injuries
Taking certain precautions can help prevent you and your passengers from being ejected from the vehicle in a crash:
- Always wear a seatbelt and insist that your passengers do the same. Most people killed in vehicle ejections were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
- Stay close to the speed limit. There is a reason the law imposes limits on the speed at which motorists are allowed to travel. Ejection from a vehicle is more likely to happen in a crash that occurs at a higher speed.
- Triple check child restraints. Check before every trip to make sure child safety seats are properly installed and secured.
- Get regular checkups for your vehicle. Routine inspections and maintenance can help catch mechanical problems that could lead to ejection, such as defective door latches or seat belts.
Negligence can play a role in accidents involving ejection from a vehicle. If ejection occurred because of a defective vehicle part, a negligent auto or parts manufacturer may be liable. There may be more than one potentially liable party. A negligent driver who caused a crash in which an occupant was ejected may be liable for resulting injuries. Driver negligence may involve driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, speeding, aggressive driving, failure to yield, running a red light or stop sign, or any violation of traffic safety rules.
Our Boston personal injury attorney at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. can thoroughly investigate your car accident to determine fault and liability and pursue every available form of compensation. We can secure evidence to support your claim and assess the full extent of your losses – past, present, and future. We have a history of success in personal injury matters and will fight to get you full and fair compensation. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car ejection, call us today at (617) 870-0907.