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What To Do If You’re Trapped Inside The Car After An Accident


Being involved in a car accident can be traumatic even if in situations that seem minor. However, certain circumstances can add to the terror of the moment.

One of the most overwhelming outcomes you could face as a result of a car accident is becoming trapped within the vehicle itself. In most situations, especially with rollover crashes, car accident victims could end up facing this outcome. Even if you seem to only have minor injuries and are able to move your body, there is some kind of vehicle damage that is preventing you from escaping the car and getting the help you need. This inability to get out can be emotionally overwhelming and make it challenging for you to keep your cool.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, this is what you need to do:

STEP 1: Call 911 Immediately

If you are able to, call 911 as soon as you can. However, if you are unable to do so, try to signal someone outside of the vehicle to call for you. Authorities, such as firefighters, will have the proper technology and equipment to get you out safely. The sooner someone makes the call, the sooner they can help you escape from your vehicle and get to safety.

STEP 2: Remove Your Seatbelt

Even if you are trapped upside down, you should try to remove your seatbelt as long as the vehicle isn’t moving. If you are in serious pain, do so slowly and with as little movement as possible in order to avoid further injury. Otherwise, you can wait for the authorities to cut you out themselves.

STEP 3: Roll Down The Windows

If you are able to, try and roll down the windows. This will help to increase airflow into the car. Additionally, if your vehicle is in water, your electrical system will give out soon so you will want to roll down the windows before this can happen.

STEP 4: Stay Calm

Panicking will not help you in this situation. You need to take a deep breath and trust that the authorities are coming to save you. If there are any witnesses or people passing by, they might be able to help, but it is unlikely they will have the expertise or equipment needed to do so. Additionally, if your injuries are bad, their help may end up worsening them.

Still, have them stay nearby, but out of the authorities way, so they can ensure you got the help you needed. Also, if they witnessed the accident, you may need them later to describe what happened and backup your claim.

STEP 5: Seek Out Medical Treatment

Even though you probably want to go home after all this, you need to make sure your wounds get proper treatment after an accident. While your injuries may seem minor to you, you may not fully notice your injuries due to the ‘excitement’ of the accident. Additionally, some symptoms may not pop up until later on. If this happens, you should take another trip to the doctor’s and make sure they know you were recently in an accident to ensure all injuries are treated properly.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What To Do If You’re Trapped Inside The Car After An Accident

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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