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How to Survive a Water Crash

Did you know that about 20% of Florida is covered with water? Florida drivers constantly encounter canals, lakes, bays, swamps, sink holes, and other bodies of water that make the state unique as well as hazardous for motorists.

What would you do if your car plunged into a roadside canal? The National Safety Commission (NSC) wants to make sure you’re ready for a water crash.

As an experienced accident attorney, I encourage safety preparedness, in case you find yourself off the road and up the creek.

Scenario One: The Titanic

Your car is slowly sinking. Water is seeping in. You might even have up to 3 or 4 minutes before it’s completely under water.

The Plan:

  1. Stay calm and act quickly.
  2. While you’re still above water, unbuckle your seat belt and roll down the window.
  3. If you have electric windows, like most modern cars, they fail when wet. Alternatively, locate an escape hammer or spring loaded center punch (available at hardware stores) and punch out side windows.
  4. If necessary, relocate to the backseat to take advantage of trapped air while planning.
  5. Rescue additional persons, if you are able and have training.

Scenario Two: The Submarine

Your car is sinking quickly, water is gushing in, and you’re almost completely submerged. You are under water.

The Plan:

  1. Stay calm and act very quickly.
  2. Keep your seat belt buckled until the water pressure inside and outside the car are equalized-when the water completely fills the vehicle. If you take your seat belt off too soon, you may get trapped under the dashboard by inward rushing water.
  3. Unlock manual locks, and open the door.
  4. If you have electric locks, and your doors are locked closed, break the passenger or driver’s side windows with an escape hammer or spring loaded center punch (available at hardware stores). Remember the front and rear windows are made of tempered glass. You may be able to kick out the rear windshield, if necessary.
  5. Swim to the surface. If you have rescue training and are able, attempt to rescue additional trapped persons.

In addition to having a plan, secure an escape hammer or spring loaded center punch, available at hardware stores, to your dash or driver’s side door, in the event you need to punch out the side windows.

According to 2007 Florida crash statistics, approximately 59 fatalities and 792 injuries resulted from a motor vehicle running off the road into water. Families of victims may want to consult an accident attorney, if a serious or fatal accident occurs to see whether another party was reckless or negligent.

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We at Meldon Law strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of an accident or in the recovery from one.

We are experienced personal injury attorneys, trial lawyers, negotiators, litigators, paralegals, and staff that have been proudly working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Inverness, and the rest of North Central Florida and North Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, and motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.

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Contact Meldon Law at 800-373-8000 immediately if you have been involved in a serious auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. We are in your community, have the experience and resources required to work towards obtaining a fair settlement for you – we are here to help you.

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