New Tools for Trapped Motorists

Automobile safety is one area of an automobile that has received much attention in the past years. The number of fatalities in the past decades as result of traffic accidents led to the development of safety features for automobiles. Before safety was made a prime concern for vehicles, there have been no seat belts or airbags to protect victims of traffic crashes.

Currently though, car makers are making safety one of their foremost concerns in designing and manufacturing vehicles. One of the most renowned car makers that specialize in safety is Volvo – the company has made safety their first priority when it comes to their products. Volvo and a host of car manufacturers have created ways to protect passengers and drivers of vehicles in cases of collision.

Today, seat belts, head restraints, air bags, and a host of other features are integrated into mass produced vehicles. These safety features have become a must have for automobiles. Currently though, these safety features are not yet enough to cut down the number of fatalities as a result of traffic accidents.

In 2001, the Bureau of Transportation compiled over 42,000 fatalities as result of traffic accidents. Of the total number of fatalities, 500 persons died while they were still trapped inside the vehicles. In their case, the seatbelts and the construction of the car that was meant to protect them have caused indirectly their death.

In relation with that, new products appear in the market which is aimed for cases of entrapment in a car after an accident. One of these is the LifeHammer®. The LifeHammer provides a means for trapped victims to get out of their car to safety. The device has steel points which are designed to shatter side windows with one powerful strike. It is also equipped with a razor sharp blade which can cut through seat belts easily. The device is compact and it also offers good service when it is needed. It can be easily installed on a car’s dashboard. The device is also easily visible thanks to its luminescent pin.

Another similar device is the ResQMe™. The ResQMe is based on the LifeHammer and comes in a very small package. It is equipped with a center punch that can break windows and it also comes with a blade than can cut through jammed seat belts.

These tools are designed for use when a victim is trapped inside wrecked vehicles. When safety features, good driving skills, and equally good EBC brake pads are not enough to keep motorists safe from meeting accidents on the road, these devices can save the day. With more and more motorists focused on driving safety, devices such as the LifeHammer and the ResQMe are definitely very welcome in the market.

Anthony Fontanelle

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    As Sergio Jimenez and two strangers frantically tried Tuesday to free a man who was trapped inside a burning Acura on the rain-slicked Capitol Expressway, flames shooting all around them, the 46-year-old trucker had one thought in mind.

    When is this thing going to blow?

    His adrenaline flowing, Jimenez and James Myers stretched across the passenger side and furiously tried to break the unconscious man free from his seat belt. As they began to pull the driver out, his hand became wedged between the seat and emergency brake. He was stuck.

    The two men, aided by Gusto Magana, 24, of San Jose, finally pulled the burning man through the shattered passenger side window. They extinguished the flames on the side of his jacket and pants and carried him 20 to 30 feet away from the car.

    Less than a minute later, the car was completely ablaze.

    "We just pulled him out right in the nick of time," Jimenez said. "Thank God we were there at the right time."

    Myers, 22, of San Jose said the two to three minutes he spent inside the Acura "seemed like forever."

    The 28-year-old San Jose driver was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released, according to hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou. His name was not released by police.

    The dramatic rescue was one of 45 accidents reported by the CHP that occurred in the South Bay from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday as heavy rains pounded the area.

    A fire official praised
    the three rescuers.

    "They saw the fire and got him out," San Jose fire Capt. Scott Kouns said. "They truly did save his life."

    About 6:40 a.m., the driver lost control of his 1995 two-door Acura southbound on Capitol and slid backward into a light pole, according to police. Myers was driving side-by-side with the Acura. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed the car drifting backward before it slammed into the pole.

    "I’ve never seen anything like it in my life," said Myers, who was driving to work.

    As Myers pulled over to help, Jimenez happened upon the scene of the accident. As he approached the intersection of Capitol Expressway and Cunningham Avenue on his way to pick up his mother-in-law, he saw "a ball of flames" shooting out of the Honda.

    "The back seat was on fire," Jimenez said. "The street was on fire."

    Jimenez accelerated through the red light and pulled next to the Acura. He noticed a man’s head leaning against the driver side window, flames all around him.

    "This guy is going to die," Jimenez thought to himself. "We’ve got to get him out."

    With the driver’s side on fire, Jimenez frantically tried to break open the passenger’s side window by kicking it repeatedly. Myers joined in the effort, but it wasn’t until Gusto Magana arrived that the men were able to get inside the car.

    "I was thinking, I need something to break the window," said Magana, who grabbed a wrench from his car and smashed open the passenger side window.

    Myers said he noticed a pair of box cutters in the center console and tried to use the tool to cut the man free from his seal belt. Myers doesn’t think he cut completely through the belt, but they were able to pull him to safety. The motorist regained consciousness and began asking his rescuers what had happened. The driver told police he had just gotten off work, according to Jimenez.

    Jimenez deflected credit for the rescue.

    "If you see somebody in trouble, you help out," he said.

    Before parting ways, the three men who had never met before shook hands and hugged one another.

    "It was amazing," Jimenez said. "It’s like he had a guardian angel looking over him."

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