Quantcast 3
Auto Accident Lawsuit

Vehicle Submersion Accident Lawsuit 1.800.856.6405


Follow Us

 

Vehicle submersion lawsuit - auto accident lawyer

Vehicle Submersion Accidents

Bookmark and Share 

Auto Accident - Vehicle Submersion Lawsuits

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, car accidents happen every minute of the day. Motor vehicle accidents occur in any part of the world every 60 seconds. And if it’s all summed up in a yearly basis, there are 5.25 million driving accidents that take place per year. Statistics show that each year, 43,000 or more of the United States’ population die due to vehicular accidents and around 2.9 million people end up suffering light or severe injuries.

A surprisingly large number of vehicles leave the road every year for various reasons and end up in a river, lake or pond. In those situations it becomes imperative for occupants to get out of the vehicle immediately. The problem is, leaving the vehicle is often impossible because the power windows short and don’t work, water pressure makes it impossible to open the doors, and occupants are unable to break the window glass — unless they have a small hammer or other similar device in their glove box.

Vehicle submersion carries one of the highest mortality rates of any type of single-vehicle accident. Nearly 400 individuals die each year in submersed vehicles.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as little as six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control and stall, while two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including, sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and trucks.

It is much easier to avoid vehicle submersion than it is to survive it. To avoid vehicle submersion drivers should:

  • Avoid travel during major storms & hurricanes.

  • Never drive across a flooded roadway.

  • Adhere to road and traffic barricades.

  • Take extra care when driving at night on roads near water.

If your vehicle does enter deep water, follow these steps to improve your chance of survival:

  • Try to remain as calm as possible.

  • Keep your seat belt on until you are ready to egress, a seat belt can help steady you as you try to open a door or break a window.

  • Immediately after hitting the water, try to open a window and escape to the top of the vehicle before water rushes in.

  • Assess the current before swimming to safety. If you are unsure which direction to swim, follow the bubbles.

  • If water has rushed in, do not attempt to open a door until pressure is equalized on both sides of the door (usually when water reaches your shoulder or has nearly filled the passenger compartment).

  • While you wait for pressure to equalize, make sure door is unlocked, keep your shoes on and remove any heavy garments that will weigh you down and cause you to sink.

  • If you cannot open any windows or doors, there will be a small air pocket near the part of the vehicle that is highest in the water. Move to this location, take a deep breath and kick the window open. A side or rear window is easier to break than the windshield.

  • If you live near bodies of water or flood zones, consider purchasing a hammer-type emergency glass break device. Keep this safely tucked away in the glove compartment or a unit mounted to the floor, so it does not cause injury.

The majority of motor vehicle submersion victims usually do not die of injures from impact, they perish from drowning. Studies, unfortunately, have focused on motor vehicle sinking characteristics, instead of occupant survival measures. Also, the NHTSA as well as the car companies have done very little since those initial research studies to improve the public’s awareness of the right way to escape a sinking motor vehicle. Unfortunately, a great number of misconceptions have taken hold – frequently due to the fact that the governing authorities provide inaccurate as well as contradictory information.

In conjunction with the deficit of consistent and appropriate regulations or warnings for drivers that might be in submersion accidents, today's automobiles present even more escape complications and necessitate nearly instantaneous decision-making for survival. Power windows are often the sole option for egress and the amount of time they will continue to be operational may vary greatly. Some can quit working within mere seconds. |Shattering a tempered side widow requires a compact hammer or some other hard object, which the majority of motorists do not have easily accessible. Also as soon as the vehicle is submerged, shattering the automobile windows gets much harder, even with a hammer.

Adding to the difficulty of a window escape is the utilization of sophisticated glazing in side passenger windows. These types of materials, similar to the windshield, are intended to protect against occupant ejection in crashes which makes them extremely difficult to break from inside. In 2009, NHTSA established a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 226 Ejection Mitigation. This safety standard, while not mandating sophisticated glazing, was designed to motivate additional car companies to install advanced glazing in side windows alongside the first 3 rows of seats in vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less.

Together with education on submersion escape, vehicle countermeasures which could improve submersion survivability are mechanical improvements such as, protection of the vehicles electrical components, and submersion sensors. To illustrate, SUV's and trucks manufactured for off-roading, like the Jeep, Hummer and Land Rover have incorporated measures to protect drive-train components and electrical systems from water.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a vehicle submersion or if you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle submersion death you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the auto accident lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today at: 1-800-856-6405 to discuss whether or not you are eligible to file a vehicle submersion lawsuit. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will answer any questions you have about a possible personal injury lawsuit that you may have. Call us or fill out the free personal injury lawsuit evaluation form on this page for a free, confidential, legal consultation.

 

Ennis & Ennis, P.A. is currently handling cases for vehicle submersion injuries:


If you or a loved one have been injured by a vehicle submersion or if you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle submersion death you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the auto accident lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today at: 1-800-856-6405 to discuss whether or not you are eligible to file a vehicle submersion lawsuit. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will answer any questions you have about a possible personal injury lawsuit that you may have. Call us or fill out the free personal injury lawsuit evaluation form on this page for a free, confidential, legal consultation.

 

 

 

 

NHTSA

safecar.gov

Offices:
Washington DC Office
1101 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004
Telephone: 202.756.2972
Miami Office
1111 Brickell Avenue
11th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: 305.913.7199
Fort Lauderdale Office
110 E. Broward Blvd.
Suite 1700
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Telephone: 954.315.3934
Facsimile: 954.315.3914


Required fields in Red:
 
Name:
Email:
 
Telephone:
(123-123-1234)
 
Mailing Address:
 
City:
 
State:
 
Zip Code:
Please List The Reason You Are Contacting Us:
Please List Any Injuries or Property Damage:
Additional Information You Think May Be Important To Your Auto Accident Lawsuit:
 
 
 
 
1.800.856.6405
©2010 Ennis & Ennis, P.A. All rights reserved.