Getting into a car accident is a terrible experience. You have to deal with injuries to yourself and to any passengers. You also have to deal with damage to your car and any property involved. However, the experience is even more traumatic when the accident wasn’t your fault. Whenever an accident is caused by a manufacturer defect or design flaw, you may be eligible to file a passenger ejection lawsuit to receive monetary awards for physical damages as well as pain and suffering.
What is a Passenger Ejection Accident?
A passenger ejection accident is defined as any accident in which a person is thrown from the car. These types of accidents are much more dangerous than a typical accident, as the person involved usually suffers catastrophic injury or death. Three out of four people who are ejected from the car during a crash end up dying from their injuries.
In fact, 29 percent of light vehicle fatalities between 1992 to 1996 were due to car rollover accidents, one of the foremost causes of passenger ejections. That number increased to 35 percent in 2010.
What Are Some Causes of Passenger Ejection Accidents?
There are many different ways for a person to be ejected from their car during a crash. The biggest cause of passenger ejection is not wearing a seatbelt. When you don’t wear a seatbelt, you are 30 times more likely to be ejected during a crash.
Rollover accidents can occur for a number of reasons, but the main cause is tripping. This is when the car’s tire hits a large bump or curb, causing the vehicle to roll over. Other causes include unsafe car design, defective tires, or unsafe roadways due to weather conditions or dangerous drivers.
During a rollover accident, a design flaw in your car could lead the roof to be crushed. The U.S. government allows car manufacturers to design cars that will crunch down five or less inches during a crash. A crush of five or more inches means that the car manufacturer may be at fault.
Often times, the car itself is not at fault, but the driver. Whether the driver is tired, drunk, distracted, or aggressive, these faults can cause them to lose control of the vehicle and put their passengers at risk.
How Do I Know if I Should File a Passenger Ejection Lawsuit?
You should file a passenger ejection lawsuit any time you were in an accident which was not your fault. If you feel that the accident was caused by a faulty design or manufacturer error, then it is entirely appropriate to initiate a products liability lawsuit. Research any recalls for your vehicle to see if any of them are applicable to your situation. You might also be protected under the lemon law if you recently purchased a car and its defects caused the accident.
A premises liability lawsuit is a good choice if you believe the conditions of the road or property contributed to the accident. Lastly, if you were the passenger of a vehicle driven by a drunk or otherwise indisposed driver, you might be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering by filing a lawsuit against them. You can sue not only for medical expenses but also for your loss of wages and any continuing expenses related to the accident.
How Do I Begin Filing a Passenger Ejection Lawsuit?
When you’re ready to find out more about filing a passenger ejection lawsuit, contact our law firm today. Each passenger ejection lawsuit case is unique and often times simply relying on your insurance to provide you with funds is not enough. We will investigate your case and give you an estimate of how much you may be eligible to receive.