Cape Coral Accidents Highlight Importance of Knowing What Do in Submerged Vehicle

by Carmen Dellutri on October 31, 2012

Boat accident attorney floridaCape Coral has seen several submerged vehicle accidents in recent months. Following the tragic death of Alexie Rai Krill, a 63-year-old woman is now fighting for her life after being trapped inside her submerged car for more than 10 minutes.

Unfortunately, Cape Coral’s 400 miles of canals make drivers particularly susceptible to these types of car accidents. Therefore, the best way to increase your chances of survival is to be prepared.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

  • The heaviest end of a vehicle will sink first – the engine. Depending on how well sealed a vehicle is, it can float from 30 seconds to about four minutes.
  • Drivers should unbuckle their seat belt and tell occupants to do the same.
  • Unlock the doors and roll the windows down to equalize the pressure and create an escape route. Most electrical systems can function for some time while the vehicle is sinking.
  • If the windows will not open, allow the vehicle to fill up enough to equalize the pressure and press against a door and open it. Try another one if necessary.
  • Consider purchasing safety tools that can be kept in a vehicle. Used like a hammer, a center punch can break windows under water. There are also seat belt cutters that consist of a razor blade in a plastic sheath. Some combine a center punch and a seat belt cutter in one accessible tool.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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