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An Inexpensive Tool Can Save Your Life

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You are trapped in a car after the vehicle leaves the road and lands in deep water or becomes engulfed in flames. It’s either figure out a way to escape or die trying.

The driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer failed to stop at the end of the road, drove over a street sign, through some heavy brush and landed upside down in the Chippewa River. The driver and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. While speed appears to be a factor in the crash, the incident remains under investigation.

A 2005 Hyundai burst into flames after the driver crossed over the oncoming lanes and struck a tree head-on, trapping the man inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Emergency situations such as these are unpredictable. When an accident happens, electric door locks can fail to work. It is not uncommon for a safety belt to malfunction in an accident. The key to survival is the most difficult to master. Don’t panic! Secondly, don’t waste valuable seconds calling 911. Because of the relatively limited time frame for self-rescue, the decision to escape the vehicle must be made immediately.

A tiny tool, known as an auto escape hammer, features a double steel-pointed tip to easily shatter windows and a sharp blade that will effortlessly cuts through a seat belt.

Most auto escape tools can be purchase for under $20. Two of the most popular ones are the LifeHammer, which has a hardened-steel point to help crack open the window, and the ResQMe keychain, which uses a spring-loaded mechanism to shatter glass. It can be kept on your key chain and easily separated from its detachable hook without removing keys from the ignition.

Equipping your vehicle with an escape tool could save your life. Make sure the tool is within reach at all times, such as in the driver doors side pocket, the center console of the vehicle, or the glove box. Also, consider giving one as a gift to friends and family members. They do not have to know how to drive or be of driving age to use these tools in an emergency situation.

Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company.