According to statistics, nearly 9,000 people are killed each year when they are ejected from their vehicles. There are an additional 20,000 people who suffer from traumatic and long-lasting injuries due to partial or complete ejections. The NHTSA reports that 28% of all car crash deaths are caused by vehicle ejections. People who are ejected are three times more likely to suffer from catastrophic injury or death in a crash. The most common cause behind vehicle ejections is the failure to wear a seatbelt. Excessive speed and faulty door and side windows are also a common cause of ejections, as are sunroofs and moon roofs.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that a fatal Palmetto crash claimed the lives of three Weston residents.
The crash occurred on Sunday at about 3:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway in the area near Northwest 58th Street.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the driver of a Volkswagen was traveling north when they lost control of the vehicle. This caused the vehicle to veer off of the roadway and into the trees. Two passengers were ejected from the vehicle and died from their injuries.
A third passenger who remained in the vehicle also died. Two other passengers were seriously injured. The surviving vehicles were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
The crash closed the Palmetto Expressway for several hours as the crash was investigated.