West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
Every 14 seconds a car accident that results in an injured victim occurs. Worse, according to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for those under the age of 30, the leading cause of death is a car accident. Whether the accident is a single-vehicle crash or a multi-vehicle accident, there are many different ways that individuals can become injured. According to a recent Fox 30 WAWS article, in the Florida Keys, two people died in a single-vehicle crash that caused main roads to be closed down after the accident was discovered. Remaining trapped in the vehicle is not only dangerous, but something that can be easily prepared for.
Auto accidents that occur late at night, when not many people are on the road, are especially dangerous. Accidents such as these can often result in passengers being trapped in their vehicles with injuries. If a driver finds himself trapped inside of the car, with no access to a cell phone to call 9-1-1, and no one around to help, the outcome can be devastating.
Just as it is important to keep an emergency kit in the car for instances where individuals may become stuck in their car – such as running out of fuel or inclement weather – being prepared for an auto emergency that results in an individual becoming trapped is essential. The Florida insurance agents at Massey, Clark, Fischer, Inc. encourage residents to be prepared for anything, including becoming trapped in a vehicle. Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Don’t Panic – Being stuck in the car is, statistically, safer than being ejected. Remain with the seatbelt buckled and make the first step to call 9-1-1.
- Keep Your Cell Phone Easily Accessible—Motorists cannot call 9-1-1 without a phone handy. When driving, be sure to keep a cell phone in a place that is within reach and also not somewhere where it may fly around in the event of an accident.
- To Escape Or Not To Escape – There are many circumstances where attempting to escape the vehicle is more dangerous. If there is no pressing danger, wait for first-responders to arrive. These individuals will be better equipped to free trapped motorists safely.
- If Escaping is Necessary – Preparation will be essential. Keep a tool in the car that can help assist with getting out fast. The LifeHammer is a tool that can cut through seatbelts and break windows. The 4-in-1 Safety Stick can do all the things that the LifeHammer can, but can also act as emergency flares with LED strobes.
No matter what, the first tip is the most important one. Stay calm and remember that safety is the number one priority. Cars can be replaced, lives cannot. Drivers with questions or seeking advice on safety and emergency tools are encouraged to give Massey, Clark, Fischer, Inc. a call. The agency’s auto insurance agents are knowledgeable on auto safety and precautionary measures and look forward to helping their neighbors.
About Massey, Clark, Fischer, Inc.:
Proudly serving the Palm Beaches since 1958, Massey, Clark, Fischer, Inc. is dedicated to fulfilling the insurance needs of Florida individuals, families, and businesses. The agency represents various nationwide insurance carriers, allowing the dedicated agents to effectively compare rates and coverage to ensure the community receives the highest quality protection. They continue to evolve and offer only the most personalized service for each and every client. The professionals here will take the time to thoroughly evaluate each customer’s insurance needs so every asset is protected at the most competitive rates. The organization is now a full service agency with expertise in all lines of insurance and financial services.