A fatal North Carolina car accident at the intersection of Dick Scobee Road and Ronald McNair Boulevard required the assistance of Horry County Fire Rescue and the South Carolina Highway Patrol after a pickup trucked landed in a retention pond. Debris surrounded the accident and a nearby gate was damaged, according to Carolina Live.
The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. last Sunday. A pilot who witnessed the tragic accident from overhead reported it to authorities. An autopsy is to be performed on the driver this week.
Our North Carolina car accident attorneys understand that vehicle submersion is a big deal in our state. Local drivers should always be aware of, and try to avoid, flood waters and those areas with water deep enough to force tires to lose contact with the ground. These areas can result in fatal – and preventable – accidents.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it only takes as little as six inches of water to cause a vehicle to lose control and stall. Two feet can completely pick up and carry away most vehicles. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks are just as susceptible to these incidents.
“Our crime scene investigators are out, and our criminal investigative detectives are also looking into the case trying to glean as much information as possible,” said Horry County Police Lt. Keith Strickland.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that almost 400 lives were lost in 2007 because of vehicle submersion.
Vehicle submersion often happens quickly and can panic vehicle occupants. For these reasons, it is important for families to plan and rehearse an escape procedure. While knowing how to effectively avoid vehicle submersion areas is by far the safest practice, knowing how to escape a submersion incident can mean the difference between life and death.
The NSC offers you these tips to help you if you experience any vehicle submersion:
-Keep your seat belt fastened until you’re ready to exit the vehicle. A seat belt will help to keep you steady as you try to open the door or break out the window.
-Right after your car hits the water, try to get a window open and escape to the top of the vehicle before the water has a chance to fill your car.
-Assess the current of the waters before swimming to safety. If you can’t determine a current flow, let out some breath to create bubbles in the water and follow the bubbles to safety.
-If water has rushed into the vehicle, don’t try to open the door until pressure has equalized on both sides.
-As you wait for the pressure to equalize, be sure that you unlock your door, keep your shoes on and remove anything you may be wearing that could weigh you down during your swim.
-If you live near these flood zones or near bodies of water, consider purchasing a hammer-type device to help break your window in one of these situations. It is recommended that you keep this device in your glove compartment or mounted somewhere close to you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in North or South Carolina, contact the car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. For a free consultation call 1-800-887-1965 to discuss your rights today.