Are ejection accidents serious in Pennsylvania?

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Though they may seem similar, no two car accidents are the same. Each has unique factors that make it different from others. In many instances, the biggest differences surround the injuries sustained. Unfortunately, some of the most severe injuries are the result of ejection accidents. If you’re unfamiliar with what these are or how to prevent them, you’ll want to keep reading. You’ll also discover how motor vehicle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania can help you recover compensation if your injuries are caused by a negligent party.

What are ejection accidents?

Ejection accidents occur when the occupant of a car is propelled outside of the vehicle during a collision. This can be a whole or partial ejection. If an occupant is completely outside the car, it is a complete ejection. However, if only half of their body is outside the vehicle, it is a partial ejection. Generally, the individual is ejected through the windshield or windows of a vehicle.

These accidents can be incredibly severe, often resulting in catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries. These include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Chest injuries

Unfortunately, the force of going through the windshield can inflict devastating injuries. However, if a passenger is completely ejected from the vehicle, there is also a risk of being run over by a passing driver.

Is there anything I can do to prevent these?

One of the most important things you can do to prevent these devastating accidents is to wear your seatbelt. Unfortunately, many accidents in which someone is ejected from their vehicle occur because one of the passengers is not wearing the seatbelt intended to help keep you secured in the car.

It’s also important to frequently check the quality of the seatbelts in your vehicle. If you notice fraying or weak spots in the belt, have it replaced as soon as possible. Additionally, you should check your windows and windshield for cracks or chips that can weaken the integrity of the glass, making it easier for someone to crash through.

Am I entitled to compensation for my injuries?

In the event you are injured in an ejection crash, understanding your rights to compensation is critical. In many instances, you can likely recover funds for the damages you’ve endured because of another party’s negligence. It is important to understand, however, that whether or not you were wearing your seatbelt will be considered. Pennsylvania is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning you can still recover some compensation for the injuries you sustained. However, they will be reduced by your percentage of fault in the collision.

Additionally, if you were wearing your seatbelt but it malfunctioned or was defective, you can also hold the manufacturer responsible in addition to the negligent driver.

Unfortunately, pursuing compensation for the injuries you sustained in an ejection accident can be incredibly overwhelming. Not only are you still in the process of healing, but navigating a lawsuit is a complex process. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney from Friedman Schuman who can help you through these difficult matters. Connect with us today to learn how we can fight for you.

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