According to a recent news article from ABC News, an off-duty army captain pulled a man from a flaming car in Chatham County, North Carolina. Authorities say there was a two-car crash, which occurred when one of the cars crossed the center line of a non-divided highway.
When the alleged at-fault driver crossed the center line, his vehicle collided with another car carrying two occupants. Witnesses say one of the cars burst into flames as a result of the collision, and neighbors ran out to help while first responders were on their way to the accident scene.
This is when the off-duty United States Army Captain, stationed at Fort Bragg, grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran toward the burning car. The military officer said he didn’t really have a plan in mind when he took the fire extinguisher and used it to smash out the rear window of the burning car. He also used the extinguisher to shatter the driver’s side window of the car.
At this point, after breaking out the windows, he reached into the car and dragged victim out of the car and to a safe distance away from the accident scene. When speaking with reporters, he credited his military training for allowing him to remain calm in an emergency situation, and it was the only reason he knew what to do. As witnesses noted, it was fitting he was wearing a Captain America tee shirt at the time of his heroic rescue.
He stated he was just in the right place at the right time and, in an attempt to downplay any heroism on his part, noted that people who work for the fire department do this every day. Fortunately, although there were some serious injuries as a result of the fiery North Carolina car crash, everyone survived.
As our Asheville traffic accident attorneys can explain, one of the most important things accident victims can do is make sure they call the police to the scene of an accident. While it is common for people to try to just exchange insurance information and go on their way, assuming the car is still drivable, it is essential to have authorities come to the scene, investigate and generate a report. If the alleged at-fault driver is issued a traffic citation for a moving violation, it will make it significantly easier for your attorney to reach a settlement agreement with at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If your attorney is not able to reach a fair settlement with insurance company and decides to the take the case to trial, the fact authorities found other driver at fault can be very helpful in proving a case to a civil jury.
It is also very important that you never refuse medical attention. If first responders offer you an ambulance ride to the hospital, it is best to go and get checked out by doctors. First and foremost, doctors can make sure you do not have any serious health issues as a result of the accident that you may not be aware of, and this will create a record of exactly when you started having pain.
Contact the Asheville, North Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Off Duty Army Captain Pulls Man From Fiery North Carolina Car Crash , May 19, 2015, ABC News
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