There is a significant amount of energy in an impact when two cars collide which can cause occupants of the car to be ejected. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, once someone is ejected from their vehicle in a crash, their risk of a serious injury goes up by a factor of 20 and death by a factor of 91.
Ejection crashes can have varying underlying reasons for the crash, but there are certain crashes like rollovers where ejections are more likely.
One Killed One Injured in Crash in Reading
Police say a violent crash caused a car to split in two ejecting two drivers. The accident happened early Saturday morning, June 13, 2020. One of the ejected occupants of the car died and the other was transferred to a local hospital.
Police have not determined what caused the accident which is still under investigation. It’s unknown if any charges will be brought against anyone involved.
Why are Ejections So Deadly?
There’s only about a 20 percent survival rate for occupants that are ejected during a crash, no matter what caused the crash. The most obvious reason is that once a person leaves the car, they are no longer as protected. When someone is ejected, they endure several impacts both inside and a final one on the ground outside the vehicle.
Many ejection crashes are caused by rollover accidents, which in themselves are violent as the occupants hit objects and each other inside the vehicle.
Because most ejection crashes are rollover accidents, the damage done during the rollover and the ejection itself contribute to the seriousness of the injuries. Some of the injuries that we’ve seen common to ejection accidents are:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Compression Injuries
- Broken Collarbone
- Broken Rib
- Compound Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Deep Bruises
- Deep Lacerations
Ejection Injury Claims
At the Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C., we’ve seen the injuries that come from an ejection, and we’ve helped many of the victim’s family when their loved one has died from the accident. One of the problems we’ve seen with ejection claims is that the insurance agent will say that since the person was ejected, they probably weren’t wearing their seatbelt, and they will deny or seriously devalue your claim.
First, this isn’t true as many times the ejected person was wearing a seatbelt, and second, the law doesn’t say if someone wasn’t wearing their seatbelt, they can’t collect compensation in an accident. Don’t listen to the insurance company, rather talk to an attorney at the Pearce Law Firm, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, P.C., to find out your rights under the law.
Contact a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.