Typically, the most severe types of injuries from an accident occur during ejection from the vehicle. Although we are constantly reminded of how important it is to wear a seatbelt, not everyone makes the decision to buckle up. This often leaves drivers open to potentially sustain a major injury.
Causes of Car Ejection
It is a common belief that ejections occur when a driver without their seatbelt is thrown though the windshield in a forward motion. This, however, is not always the case. A driver or rider can be ejected through the windshield, side windows, or even out of the car door. Some of the factors which contribute to this include:
- Vehicle speed at the time of accident
- Malfunction of the seatbelt
- The vehicle rolls over
- Door latch malfunction
- Compromised side windows
There are two main types of ejections that a person can experience during an accident:
Partial Ejection– A partial ejection occurs when a body part is thrown through the glass, or outside of the body of the car.
Total Ejection– As is implied in the name, a total ejection occurs when a driver or rider is thrown out of the vehicle completely. This ejection is the most severe, as the person could be hit by a part of the vehicle, by another car attempting to avoid the accident, or even by an obstacle on the side of the road.
Injuries Caused By Ejection
Due to the force required to actually eject a person from a vehicle, the injuries sustained from such an event tend to be very severe. Let’s take a look at some of the most common injuries that are associated with a partial or full ejection.
- Neck injuries
- Crushed or damaged vertebra
- Broken bones
- Cracked skull and/or concussion
- Brain injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Paralysis or death
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