What to Do When a Vehicle Flips Over
A vehicle flip is on the top of the list of the most frightening experiences you can ever have in a car. There are some things that you can do during and after the rolling that will help you to have a better outcome. Here are five tips for when a vehicle flips over:
Try to Stay Calm
Trying to stay calm when your car is flipping over is probably as difficult as trying not to breathe. It's hard to do, but you have to try not to panic. Panicking will only cloud your judgment and cause you to create additional driving hazards. You want to give yourself the best fighting chance to survive, so for your safety, you must try to stay calm and focused as the vehicle flips.
Brace for Impact
If in the driver’s seat your first instinct might be to grip the steering wheel to brace yourself. As the car flips, the force of the impact will transfer from the tires to the steering wheel, so be sure to let go of the wheel as soon as the vehicle starts to roll. The best way to brace for impact is to cross your arms across your body and use your legs to hold yourself in place. Also, be aware of your surroundings and get clear of the roof if the frame of the vehicle starts to fail and it is collapsing onto you.
Safely Exit the Vehicle
Once the car has stopped rolling, turn off the ignition as soon as possible. This will prevent any fires from sparking due to possible gasoline leaks that may have occurred during the accident. If you smell gasoline or see any flames, try to exit the vehicle as quickly as possible and get to a safe distance. As you exit the vehicle, use caution in case of broken glass or metal.
Find out how all the passengers are doing and call 9-1-1. If no one needs immediate medical attention, you can start trying to get some pictures together for proof of what happened. These will come in handy for insurance claims and perhaps an attorney, depending on the cause of the accident. You should also get as many witnesses as possible and any other useful information.
Contact a Reliable Towing Company
After you’ve contacted the necessary authorities, you will need to call a professional who can come and get your vehicle. You will want a reliable and affordable towing company that wants to help you to get through your emergency situation. Chavez Towing specializes in accident recovery and assistance with a variety of mishaps like lockouts, gas burnout, driving hazards and their repercussions, tire changes, and so much more. Customers have provided glowing reviews about this company's prompt service, professionalism and their friendly delivery of their products.
When you need someone in your corner during a trying experience like this, don’t hesitate to call Chavez Towing at 214-731-7327, any time, day or night. Someone will come to your rescue with true compassion for you and your situation.