If you've ever been trapped inside your vehicle following a car accident, you know it can be scary and frustrating. The experience of being involved in an accident is alone enough to cause significant anxiety. Couple that with the inability to escape the vehicle and the possibility of having incurred an injury during the accident, and you have a stressful situation.
If you are able, call 911 immediately. If you cannot, signal to someone outside the vehicle to do so. The authorities have the technology and equipment to get you out. The sooner someone who is able to get you out is on the way, the sooner you will be able to escape from your vehicle.
Remove Your Seatbelt
If you are trapped upside down, remove your seatbelt. So long as the car is not moving, you can remove your seatbelt and try to get comfortable.
Roll Down Windows
If you are able, roll down the windows. This will increase airflow into the car. Also, if your vehicle is in water, the electrical system will give out eventually; you want to roll down your windows before this happens.
Panicking will not help. Trust that the police will arrive and help. If there are any witnesses or people passing by, they may be able to help, but remember that they are unlikely to have the expertise or equipment necessary to open your vehicle and get you out.
Seek Medical Treatment if Necessary
If you were injured in an accident that trapped you in your car, you will likely want to go home and rest immediately after getting out. Remember that the insurance company of the person who caused the accident will look to see how long it took you to go seek medical care. If you wait too long after the accident to go to urgent care or the hospital, you may have a difficult time getting the at-fault driver's insurance company to pay for your medical expenses.
Can an Injury Attorney Help?
Possibly. If you were injured, you owe it to yourself to speak with a professional. The injury attorneys at The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C. have represented many clients who were trapped in their vehicles after an accident. Contact The Lions today to discuss the details of your case.