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Think Fast! What to Do if Your Car Crashes into Water in Virginia

| Jul 4, 2011 | Traffic Accidents

It’s the stuff of nightmares: after swerving to avoid an obstacle, your car has landed in a body of water. You’ve survived the impact, but you can feel the car sinking and the water is starting to leak in. What do you do?

Thinking Fast and Smart Is Critical

First: take three breaths to focus your mind. Then, follow these steps:

  • Open the window. If your window is manual, roll it down as soon as you can. If the electric window fails to respond or only rolls partway, you may have to break it using the hammer in your car’s emergency kit. If you have no other heavy objects, brace yourself and kick out the front windshield.
  • Wait for the car to submerge. This may be the scariest part of a water landing. It is vital that you wait for the car to submerge, as opening the door may be impossible due to the force of water pressure. When the car is nearly filled, take a deep breath.
  • Unbuckle your seat belt. Just before you open the door, remember to unbuckle your seat belt. After you’ve gotten free of the car, swim to the surface and flag down a passing vehicle to call 911.

Contact a Fairfax Auto Accident Lawyer For Help

Remember: a little preparation can save your life-and a little help can go a long way. If you need help after your Virginia car crash, an experienced Fairfax auto accident attorney can get you the justice you deserve. Call Shevlin Smith today at 703-721-4233.