‘Stay Inside Your Car With The Seatbelt On,’ Experts Reiterate What To Do After A Crash – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After seeing footage of the massive buildup on I-35W in Fort Worth Thursday, many wondered: is it safer to stay in your car or get out in a similar situation?
CBS 11 News has yet to determine how many victims of the terrible accident were in their vehicles when they were injured or killed. And it is currently unclear whether any of the victims were hit outside of their vehicle.
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Separately, AAA safety experts said it was still safer to stay in your car and fasten your seat belt if you ever have an accident on a freeway.
“Usually, it’s best to stay in your car with your seat belt buckled. This is not always the case, but there is usually a risk of being hit by another vehicle when you exit the vehicle, especially if the vehicles spin out of control and slide like in this situation, “said Dan Armbruster, spokesman for the AAA.
However, some drivers involved in the piling were able to get out of their vehicles before other cars and trucks plowed through in seconds.
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With concrete walls on either side of the lanes where the accident took place, many drivers were trapped. And the video footage shows that approaching drivers braked hard, causing many to get out of control.
“You want to make sure you don’t hit the brakes when you’re going over 40 km / h. Don’t even use the brakes – try to steer in the direction you want to go, ”said Armbruster.
AAA safety experts said the investigation will re-examine a longstanding belief that being in a vehicle is the safest place to be after a highway accident.
“This situation is one we don’t see very often, but certainly as tragic as we can learn from it and move forward and make things safer for everyone on the road.”
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Experts also said the fatal buildup should act as a reminder for drivers to slow down in sub-zero temperatures, even if the road appears dry.