Being involved in an automobile accident is scary even in situations that
are seemingly minor. Certain circumstances can make car accidents terrifying.
One of the most overwhelming outcomes of a crash is becoming trapped within
your vehicle. In many instances, particularly rollover crashes, victims
find themselves trapped within their vehicle. Even if you’ve only
experienced minor injuries and are able to move your body safely, vehicle
damage can prevent you from exiting. It is then that many victims begin
to panic. Thousands of scenarios go through a person’s mind when
they are trapped, but it is important that you remain calm and keep the
following tips in mind if you find yourself in such a situation:
- Look for witnesses as soon as possible to determine whether 911 has been
called. If you cannot see witnesses, try to locate your cell phone as
safely as possible. Many vehicles are equipped with On Star for emergency
situations, as well as hands-free calling. These items come in very handy
in the event of a crash, especially if you’re trapped inside the vehicle.
- If you’re upside down, you will want to remove your seat belt so
that you can be more comfortable and ready for rescue when it arrives.
Before doing so, however, make sure to brace yourself for the coming fall.
Place your arm or elbow against the ceiling of the car so that your head
doesn’t take the full force of the fall.
- If your vehicle ends up in any amount of water, attempt to roll your windows
down before the vehicle’s electricity gives out.
If you have a
Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool in your vehicle, use it if the surrounding area seems safe.
These tips may seem obvious, but when involved in a crash many people have
a hard time remembering even the simplest things. Keeping pointers simple
is many times more effective than any other method of education.