A recent accident occurred on Mt. Spokane Park Drive in which an individual was ejected from a vehicle. Washington State Patrol reports that at the time the accident occurred, the vehicle in question was traveling at approximately 70 miles an hour. The driver is reported to have been intoxicated and neither him nor his passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The passenger was ejected from the car and incurred several broken bones. This is just one of the numerous ways in which ejection accidents occur in Washington State and serves as a reminder of just how serious ejection accidents can be.
When a vehicle comes to a sudden stop or rolls over, there is a high risk that occupants who are not wearing seatbelts will be ejected from the vehicle. Ejection accidents are often serious in nature and involve life-changing injuries and fatalities. When these accidents are the result of another party's negligence or recklessness, a victim should not hesitate to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who can take the steps necessary to hold the responsible party accountable.
Common Injuries Caused by Ejection Accidents
Many vehicle ejection collisions end in serious injuries. Some of the most common types of injuries caused by ejection accidents include the following:
- Broken arms and legs
- Loss of limbs
- Serious lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
In addition to being violently thrown to the ground following an accident, there is a great risk following an ejection accident that a person might experience secondary impact from other passing vehicles.
The Common Causes of Ejection Accidents
Car accidents that involve ejections are most of often caused by one of the following factors:
- Driving while a person's eyes, hands, or mind is distracted
- Excessive speeding by motorists
- Failure to check mirrors prior to making lane changes
- Intoxicated drivers who make deadly lane changes
- Multiple vehicle collisions
- Recklessly driving
Ways to Reduce the Risk of Ejection Accidents
Wearing a seat belt will greatly reducing a person's chances of being involved in an ejection accident. Make sure that children are always properly restrained in car seats to prevent them being ejected from a vehicle in case of an accident. It is also important to have your vehicle routinely inspected to ensure that your vehicle's doors, roof, and windshield are structurally insufficient.
Speak with an Experienced Spokane Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one is harmed in a motor vehicle accident, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule an initial free consultation. We understand just how devastating car accidents can be and whenever another party is responsible for the collision, we are prepared to fight for the compensation that you deserve.