Vehicle Submersion after a Car Accident

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Vehicle Submersion after a Car Accident

– by Tampa Injury Attorney: Martin J. Hernandez, Esq.

Living in our state there is always a chance of an auto accident ending in a vehicle submersion. We are surrounded by water on three sides, crises crosses by rivers and streams, ponds, lakes, springs and retention ponds. You should take some precaution when driving around Florida. There are hundreds fatalities each year due to cars going into water.  Not all cars that go in to the water involve a fatality due to drowning.  Many people feel it’s common enough to drive with a window punch and seat belt cutters.

Your escape from the vehicle is the most important thing to focus on initially. The most important thing is to remain calm. First, roll down the windows.  If the electronic windows will not roll down, just wait while the vehicle fills with water.  If the windows are still above the water line, go ahead and climb out.  If water begins to come in as you roll the window down, try and remain calm as the interior fill with water.  You have to allow the interior to fill in order to relieve the external pressure being applied by the surrounding water.  Take a deep breath and as the car is nearly filled, try to open the door.  Survival experts recommend leaving your seatbelt on until the last second, as water rushing in could disorient or possibly injure you.  Also, this could give you extra leverage when attempting to force the door open.  If for some reason you cannot open the door or window, try kicking out the windshield or breaking a side window as a last resort.  A window punch will allow you to break glass without having to swing a tool or heavy object.

Some other things to do to keep yourself safe:

  • Never drive across a flooded roadway.
  • Adhere to road and traffic barricades.
  • Take extra care when driving a night on roads near water.
  • Stay to the speed limit.
  • Beware when driving on unfamiliar roads.
  • Driving in rural areas.
  • Avoid travel during hurricanes and major storms. The City of Tampa now has a permit program to enter the city after a hurricane.  Be sure to have your permit ready in order for you to enter the city.

Vehicle submersion happens quickly and often in a state of panic, so it is important for families to continually rehearse how to escape. While avoiding vehicle submersion is the safest route, knowing how to escape can mean the difference between life and death.

Can anyone be held responsible in a vehicle submersion?

If your vehicle was forced in the water by an accident the other driver could be held responsible. if you are injured in an accident or have had a family member killed due to vehicle submersion you could contact an attorney to defend your rights.

Tampa Injury Attorney Martin J. Hernandez

Attorney Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Daniel Fernandez are bilingual as well.  Just call us at 813-229-5353 for your free consultation.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.

If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.  We recommend also reading his reviews on Google Reviews, Avvo and Yelp.

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