Cape Coral Accidents Prompt Canal Safety Reminder

by Carmen Dellutri on September 12, 2013

Florida child injury attorneyLast month, Cape Coral saw two canal crashes in just three days. While all of those involved in the accidents were able to walk away, many are not so lucky.

In 2009, there were 16 fatalities and 413 injuries across Florida due to a vehicle running off a road and into water. Cape Coral’s 400 miles of canals make drivers particularly susceptible to these types of car accidents.

The best way to get out of a submerged vehicle alive is to be prepared. Below are a few key tips, as described by the Cape Coral Fire Department:

  • The front of the vehicle will sink first due to the weight of the engine. However, it can float from 30 seconds to about four minutes.
  • Unfasten your seat belt and tell passengers to do the same.
  • Unlock the doors and roll the windows down to equalize the pressure and provide an exit route. Most electrical systems can function for a while after the vehicle begins to sink.
  • If the windows won’t open, wait for the vehicle to fill with enough water to equalize the pressure and press against a door to open it. You may need to try more than one.
  • Consider purchasing safety tools that can be kept in a vehicle, such as a center punch to break the windows or a seat belt cutter.

Source: Cape Coral Daily Breeze

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 car 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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