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Seattle, Washington – Car Goes Over Seawall

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Posted on April 10, 2019

Seattle, Washington (April 10) – A car was reported to have gone over the seawall at the 1300 block of Alki Avenue Southwest. The two occupants of the car appeared to have gotten out by themselves and are reported to be uninjured from the accident. The accident seems to have happened in the early morning hours, as Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department was reported to be responding around 2 a.m. The cause of the car accident has not been provided. A tow truck came around 3 a.m. to pull the vehicle out of the water.

About Car Accidents

It is fortunate that the two occupants of the car were able to extricate themselves without any injury on their person. As the car was reported to be more on the rocks than in water, the vehicle in this case was never fully submerged. While there appear to be few statistics and study related to injuries and/or fatalities involved with vehicle drowning, it is very clear that a car falling into water is a serious situation. When the car falls into water, the amount of water that comes inside the vehicle depends on the rate that the vehicle entered the water. When a car gently slips into water for example, water gets inside slower, but a more forceful crash can easily push the water inside the vehicle and displace the air within. This is because a car is not completely sealed in, and after being submerged it will only be matter of minutes until the vehicle’s interior is flooded. If the windows haven’t been broken by the impact, the water pressure outside the vehicle will make opening any doors or windows more difficult. In any case, the priority in this situation would be to get out as soon as possible, and it has been recommended that anyone trapped inside a submerged vehicle should try to open an exit.

While it pays to keep in mind the steps necessary to take in such a situation, the best way to handle an accident is to try and prevent it. Make sure to drive carefully on roads that are near bodies of water, and to be aware of other drivers on such roads. By following traffic regulations, we can easily help to avoid accidents that can result in injuries, loss or damage to us and the people around us.