Tens of thousands of people die each year in car accidents and millions more are injured.
Without the proper safety procedures in place, you could become one of these people. On the other hand, by ensuring that you know what to do so well that it becomes muscle memory (in case you suffer a head injury and lose the ability to think straight), you can significantly reduce the probability of you or your loved ones suffering an untimely death.
Cars Versus Guns
Did you know that you are two and a half times more likely to die from a car-accident-related death than from gun violence in the United States? Despite the fact that guns can be far deadlier (victims of gunshot wounds suffer a near 30% mortality rate compared to the roughly 19% mortality rate for car accidents), car accidents are far more likely to happen since more people come into contact with vehicles each day than they do with firearms.
Surviving a Terrible Car Accident
When your car is hit with enough force to flip, the chance of injury or death is even greater than that from the average car accident. In these cases, follow the following steps to the letter.
Step 1: Check for Injury
After a traumatic event such as this, you will likely be too full of adrenaline to notice whether or not you are in pain. For this reason, you need to manually run your fingers over your head and body to check for any external signs of wounds.
Step 2: Turn Off the Engine and Get Loose
Motor vehicles are not designed to operate upside down, especially not after taking extensive damage. Turning off the engine can help prevent a fire.
Getting loose can be tough. Oftentimes, the seatbelts will have been jammed in the collision or during the rollover. Before you cut them off of you, make sure to brace for the fall or have somebody help you down so you don’t land in broken glass and further injure yourself.
Step 3: Exit the Vehicle
Once you’re free from the seatbelt, help everybody else down the same way and move out the door or crawl through the window if the door is jammed. Make sure to get at least 30 (but no more than 50) feet away from the vehicle in the case of an explosion or outburst of flame.
Now that you’re no longer at risk of further damage, call 911 and check each other in depth for signs of injury, making sure to steer clear of traffic.
Overturned car accidents can be terrifying, traumatizing, and of course deadly. However, by taking the proper steps to commit to memory a safety plan in the case of a rollover accident, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of you perishing or suffering gross bodily harm.
One last thing to note: After the car accident, you might feel like fine. That’s most likely the adrenaline talking. Make absolutely certain to go with the EMTs to the hospital regardless of whether or not you feel any pain.