Single-Vehicle Crash on Sunrise Boulevard Traps Driver in Vehicle
A passerby walking on a trail in Rancho Cordova on July 6 heard a trapped driver calling out and came to the rescue by phoning for help. The accident, according to the report by the Rancho Cordova Police Department, occurred at a bridge along Sunrise Boulevard, when a female driver in a pickup ended up crashing, and her vehicle went down the embankment. After hearing the woman calling for help, the good Samaritan notified the police.
Accident Involving Woman Trapped in Her Vehicle Under Investigation
Deputies with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and first responders with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene, where the woman had to be extricated. She was transported to a hospital in the area. However, no additional information was provided on the extent of her injuries. The accident is under investigation to determine how it occurred.
What to Do If You Find Yourself Trapped After a Car Collision
You can do several things if you discover you are a trapped driver after a car accident. These include:
- Although your first response might be to panic, especially if you or someone else in the vehicle is injured, staying calm is important. The calmer you are, the better able you will be to think. Remembering tips to extricate yourself if possible can help you free yourself.
- Contacting someone for help after becoming a trapped driver is the most important thing to remember. Use your charged and ready cell phone to call 911 for help. You can also honk the horn, yell for help and strike the windows to attract attention from passersby.
- Always let someone know where you’re going, especially if it’s some distance away. When they find out you never arrived, they can alert the authorities to look for you.
Helping Yourself After Getting Trapped in a Vehicle
Being involved in an accident is bad enough, but most drivers never contemplate getting trapped inside. While in a violent collision, those inside the vehicle may have suffered serious injuries or the vehicle is so damaged the doors won’t open, but there are things that can be done in advance to help protect yourself, such as:
- Prepare yourself in advance for a potential accident to avoid becoming a trapped driver by keeping your charged cell phone with you at all times. In this way, you can phone for help if you find yourself unable to get out of the vehicle.
- Keep the owner’s manual in the glove compartment, especially if it’s a newer vehicle. Knowing how to turn on your emergency flashers can bring attention to your situation by a passerby. Some newer vehicles are equipped with a crash emergency alert system that automatically calls 911 and gives the location of the car.
- Keep tools in the vehicle to extricate yourself if you find yourself a trapped driver. A seat belt cutter or tool to break out the window glass can be handy to get yourself out in an emergency.
Rancho Cordova Car Accident Lawyer
I am Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova car accident attorney. There are many reasons a car accident can occur, and not all of them are because of driver negligence. If you think your accident injuries happened because of something out of your control, contact us for our free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach us online.
Since 1982, our team of injury attorneys and I have helped many residents of Rancho Cordova in getting compensation for all varieties of traffic collisions, truck accidents, product liability claims and wrongful deaths.
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