Santa Ana Ejected Passenger Attorneys
Any vehicle accident can lead to serious or fatal injuries, but when a passenger is ejected from the vehicle, the injuries are often serious, catastrophic, or fatal. If you or a loved one was a vehicle passenger who was ejected in an accident, and was injured or died, you may have a personal injury case.
Orange County is home to several freeways with high numbers of deadly car accidents:
- I-5: The 5 freeway is one of the most heavily traveled in California, with 186 fatalities in a recent year. The high numbers of commercial trucks and other vehicles using this freeway has led to it being ranked as the third most dangerous road in the USA.
- I-15: The I-15 travels through Mission Valley and Kearny Mesa and is the location of many serious and fatal auto accidents, many of which involve an ejected passenger.
- I-405: The intersections of the 405 and Seal Beach Blvd, Fairview Road, and SR 22 are the location of many fatal accidents in Orange County.
- SR-91: The intersection of the 91 and Imperial Highway in Anaheim is one of the most dangerous of all connections in Anaheim.
- Rt 57: The 57 intersections with the 91 and at Chapman Avenue are known to be the intersections where high numbers of fatal accidents occur.
- SR 55: Where the 55 intersects with Warner Avenue in Santa Ana is the location of many vehicle accidents causing serious or fatal injuries.
When a vehicle is involved in a side impact crash (T-bone), rolls over, or hits a stationary object, a partial ejection can occur. A passenger can suffer serious or fatal injuries when the window breaks, and the body is thrust partially through the opening, trapped in place. A partial ejection can cause serious injuries to the head, face, or cause a traumatic brain injury. The passenger is pinned in the location and may sustain disfiguring facial injuries or be permanently impaired.
When the passenger is completely ejected from the vehicle, the person is thrown onto the road, often resulting in serious or fatal injuries, including head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures, permanent disabilities, or injuries so extensive the person dies.
Passengers in vehicles in which the driver is driving recklessly are at risk of being seriously injured. A side impact, sideswipe, or head-on collision may result in the passenger being totally or partially ejected from the vehicle. To increase your safety as a passenger, always wear your seatbelt, and never get in a car with a driver who has consumed drugs (including prescribed prescriptions) or alcohol.
Negligence is defined as careless or reckless conduct harms another innocent individual. A driver has what is termed a “duty of care” to others, or to drive with a reasonable level of caution. In an Orange County car accident, types of negligence could be speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving recklessly, unsafe lane changes, or failing to follow the posted speed limits, or driving too fast for weather conditions. Another type of negligence could be associated with a defective safety system in a vehicle, due to a manufacturing error, such as faulty air bag, seat belt, accelerator, brakes, or tires.
If you or a person you love was ejected from a vehicle in an accident in Orange County, it is imperative that you get help from a qualified, experienced car accident lawyer, who can evaluate the facts in your case. A full review of all the details will include:
- The police report
- Eyewitness testimony
- Video footage
- The accident scene
- The vehicles involved in the accident
- The safety features in the vehicle (air bags, seat belts, etc.)
- Medical records of the injured
At HN Injury Lawyers, we represent the injured in passenger ejection cases throughout Orange County. We offer a free consultation with no time limit, and our attorneys are known for their professionalism, exceptional legal skills, and record of success in cases of severe injury or wrongful death. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis – no legal fees unless we are successful. Call us at (657) 333-5726 today for assistance.