Two people were transported to local hospitals after being tossed from their car in an accident on I-270, according to a December 8, 2017 report from CBS affiliate WUSA News Channel 9. A spokesperson from the Montgomery County Fire Department stated that the incident occurred just after 10:00 p.m. near the Falls Road ramp, just outside of Rockville, Maryland. The victims were traveling southbound on I-270 when they were involved in some sort of collision, which remains under investigation. After the initial impact, they were ejected from their vehicle and landed in the northbound lanes of the highway.
Being ejected during a car collision can lead to extremely severe injuries, and these incidents are far more likely to result in death as compared to other types of crashes. A Maryland auto accident attorney can help if you have suffered injuries, as you may be entitled to compensation where you were not at fault.
How Victims May Be Ejected in a Car Accident
Many ejections incidents occur when a driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt, so you can greatly reduce your risk by buckling up every time you get in the car. However, there are other causes for being tossed out of a vehicle during a car crash, including:
- Excessive Speed: It takes a considerable amount of force to eject a human from the interior of a car, so speeding tends to be a cause in many of these incidents.
- Seatbelt Defects: A design or manufacturing flaw can lead a seatbelt to fail, leaving you unsecured and prone to injury.
- Vehicle Rollover: Even with a seatbelt, you can be tossed from a car when it rolls over due to the forces of gravity.
- Defects in Windows: A flaw in a window’s apparatus can cause it to open or malfunction during a crash, leaving an opening large enough for a person to be thrown out.
- Door Latch Failure: When a door latch fails and opens, you can easily be tossed from the vehicle.
Types of Ejections
There are two scenarios that may lead a car’s occupants to be ejected from the vehicle:
- Partial Ejection occurs when a part of the body is thrown out of the car, either through window or door openings. These incidents are more likely to cause amputation of extremities.
- Total Ejection happens when a person’s entire body is tossed out of the vehicle. The secondary impact causes injuries when the victim hits the ground, or is struck by another vehicle.
Common Injuries After Being Tossed from a Car
Victims of an ejection may sustain catastrophic and life-threatening injuries, and they are more likely to cause temporary or permanent disabilities. It is common for a person to suffer:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries;
- Damage and bleeding in internal organs;
- Broken bones, especially in the extremities;
- Spinal cord and neck injuries, especially to the vertebrae and surrounding tissues; and,
- Severe cuts, lacerations, and contusions.
If you were injured after being ejected in a car accident, please contact the Baltimore County, MD office of attorney Michael A. Freedman. We can answer your questions or schedule an initial consultation to discuss your options.
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