While most car accidents do not end up with one vehicle in the water, the statistics do indicate that there are hundreds of such deaths every year. Many times, it’s because people are unsure of what to do, and it’s a high-pressure situation that makes it hard to think.
In an effort to help you stay safe if someone else hits your car or runs you off the road, or if you’re the passenger in a car that ends up in the water, here are some important steps to take.
Take off your seat belt
As quickly as you can, get out of your seat belt. It helps in the initial crash, but you want to remove it right away once the car stops moving.
Address electronics promptly
Next, use the electronic systems before they fail. Unlock the doors, for instance, and then roll down the windows. The doors probably won’t open when the car is partially submerged, but you want to get every door unlocked quickly.
Exit through the window if you can
The best way out is through that open window. Get out that way if you can and swim for safety. If you cannot get out the window, don’t roll it up to prevent the car from filling with water. Once there is water inside, this can actually help the doors open. Keep trying them until one opens and you can get out that way.
Compensation for your injuries
A crash like this can lead to serious injuries for you and others in the car with you. Be sure you know exactly how to seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver.