Seattle Ejected Passenger Accident Attorneys
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30 percent of all fatalities that result from a car accident occur because of an occupant ejection from the vehicle. To this day, it remains to be one of the deadliest types of car accidents that one could be involved in.
Immense damage is dealt to the body of an occupant that pierces through the windshield at high speeds and impacts the ground. Statistics show that individuals ejected from their vehicle during an accident will likely be severely injured or even killed at a rate of three times more than that of an occupant that remained within the vehicle during a crash.
These kinds of accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but most often it is attributed to negligence. That’s where the vehicle ejection attorneys of The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee come in. With over 10 years of experience in helping clients overcome events caused by negligence, we have earned the financial compensation they need to properly recuperate time and time again.
Whether from a defective seat belt or a car accident caused by another negligent driver, if you or someone you love has sustained severe injuries or died from a vehicle ejection caused by negligence, contact the Seattle vehicle ejection attorneys of The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee at (206) 899-5415 to set up your FREE consultation today.
What Causes Vehicle Ejection?
Throughout the last century, car and truck manufacturers toiled over design after design in order to ensure that their customers have the safety equipment they need to stay within the vehicle should an impact occur. Nothing, however, is foolproof. Sometimes safety devices fail, unable to secure the driver or other occupants safely within the vehicle.
Drivers of both passenger cars and large trucks are at risk of vehicle ejection, despite how light or massive their vehicles can be. This is due in part to several different causes that can increase the susceptibility of an ejection, namely:
- Defective Seat Belts
- Rollover Accidents
- Inferior Window Glass (e.g. laminated glazing vs. tempered glazing)
- Defective Door Latches
- Damaged Side Windows
- Roof Strength
- Some Curtain Airbags
- Speeding at the Time of the Impact
These causes often lead to two types of ejections that are prevalent in occupant ejection accidents:
- Partial Ejection – This type of ejection normally happens when there is a malfunction with a seat belt during a vehicular crash. The body of the occupant partially penetrates through the windshield or out of the side window after an impact. This type of ejection also poses more of a danger if the vehicle is rolling over.
- Complete Ejection – During this type of ejection, the driver is completely ejected from the vehicle. It is not uncommon for the driver to sustain grievous injury or death from the impact through the glass or on the ground, but to make matters worse, rolling vehicles and passing vehicles also pose a dangerous risk, potentially rolling or running over the ejected occupant.
If you or someone you love was involved in a vehicle ejection due to faulty safety equipment or by a negligent driver, the vehicle ejection attorneys of The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee can help you win the compensation you need to cover the injuries you sustained and more.
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Injuries Sustained in a Vehicle Ejection
Due to the nature of these violent types of accidents, drivers and/or passengers that have been ejected from their vehicle sustain severe injuries that are quite often life-threatening. Some of the most common injuries these individuals will face are:
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Lacerations
- Broken, Dislocated, or Shattered Bones
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Torso and Rib Injury
- Internal Bleeding
- Organ Damage
- Severe Head and Neck Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Should you be involved in a vehicle ejection, seek out medical attention immediately. There, you will need to get treatment for your wounds, even if you feel fine. Medical staff will document how you were injured, what types of injuries you sustained, and how you were treated. These records will prove invaluable if you decide to file a vehicle ejection lawsuit.
How to Prevent Vehicle Ejections
As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This means that taking precautionary measures before getting on the road could likely save your life. The following rules are key preventative measures to take in order to ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe should a car accident occur:
- Maintain Your Vehicle – Properly maintaining your vehicle on a regular basis can spot any problematic issues such as defective seat belts, windows, door latches, or other vehicle components that, if in poor condition, could cause a vehicle ejection.
- Don’t Speed – Always stick to the speed limit when you are operating your vehicle. High speeds can propel an occupant out of the cab if safety equipment fails. Always leave with plenty of time to get to your destination without having to rush.
- Double Check Your Child’s Safety Seat – Always check and recheck to see if your child’s safety seat is properly installed and secured.
- Encourage the Use of Seat Belts – Seat belts are there to save lives should a car accident occur. Most vehicle ejection fatalities occurred because the occupant wasn’t wearing their seat belt.
Adhering to the rules above should be made a priority when out and about on the road. However, be wary that accidents may happen, and if they do, you have strong legal representation through The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee standing by your side.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
There are two ways that a victim of a vehicle ejection caused by some form of negligence can acquire the financial compensation they need to cover the expenses incurred:
- Develop a claim against the insurance carrier.
- File a lawsuit with the civil court.
In order to determine the overall value of your case, lots of strenuous testing must be conducted in order to replicate the accident that you or your loved one experienced. Under our direction, specialists must:
- Test the vehicle’s performance.
- Evaluate the conditions of the road.
- Review the medical records that were submitted.
- Establish contact with any witnesses.
We aim is to gather as much solid evidence as we can to ensure that your claim will win the full amount that is owed to you. With this thorough amount of legal work, you can expect to win compensation that covers:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Pain and Suffering
In the event that a loved one is lost in a vehicle ejection, the surviving family members have the right to seek out a wrongful death claim if the death was attributed to some form of negligence.
The compensation gathered from a wrongful death can be used towards funerary expenses, but other damages like loss of consortium—loss of love, affection, sexual relations, and spousal duties in marital relationships—may be awarded as well. Your car accident attorney from The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee will know what damages apply to your case based on your particular circumstances.
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Why You Need The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to Represent Your Vehicle Ejection Claim
Car or truck accidents that cause the ejection of an occupant can be expensive and complex, thus requiring the keen eye and delicate touch of an experienced car accident attorney so that victims are accurately represented and compensated for their injuries.
What makes these accident claims so challenging is in the determination of liability. Often, not only is an experienced car accident attorney from The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee required to sort out all of the details of the accident, a lot of legal resources are also needed to help us accurately determine where the fault lies in your particular circumstances. To do so, we must:
- Check if the airbags were defective.
- Review all actions taken by the drivers at the time of the impact.
- Determine if the victim that was ejected from the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.
- Find out if the driver that caused the accident was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Determine if the driver was distracted driving.
- Analyze the tires for any defects, blowouts, shreds, or other failures before the accident occurred.
Having an attorney look into any of the above for you may be to your benefit, but recruiting an experienced car accident attorney from The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee with access to local accident reconstruction specialists, vehicle engineers, and performance specialists to help us better understand everything that happened in your car accident is worth its weight in gold.
The Seattle vehicle ejection attorneys of The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are ready to take on your claim in order to win you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 to set up your FREE legal consultation today.