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Man escapes burning car wreck in Georgia

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Crime/Education reporter, Amber Pittman, reported that yesterday a man from Newton County (Georgia) was pulled from his car after it burst into flames.

This car accident happened around noon when the man was driving north on Flat Shoals Road. His car crossed into the southern lane and went off the shoulder of the road and struck a mailbox. After striking the mailbox, the car hit a tree head on.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office report, the car exploded and by the time troopers arrived, the car was “fully engulfed in flames.” Apparently, two witnesses pulled the man from his blazing car.

In the report, it indicated that the single car accident may have occurred because the man was on prescription medication at the time. Several bottles of prescription medication were found in his possession. At the time troopers arrived to the accident scene, the man “appeared to be extremely disoriented.”

Currently, no charges were filed in this case. The driver allegedly refused any medical treatment and has said he is fine.

Do you know what do to if you are in a car accident? As our past post discussed, here is what you need to know if you are in a car accident:

Immediately call the police. When the police arrive, they know exactly what to do. The police will also create a police report after interviewing all witnesses and determining who is at fault.

Make sure everyone else is safe.

Gather information. You must get the other driver’s information such as the vehicle’s VIN number, insurance information, and license plate number.

Seek medical attention/help. Car accidents can cause serious injuries, even injuries that do not arise until much later after the car accident. It is important to see a doctor to evaluate your condition.

If you have a camera, take pictures of the cars involved in the accident.

Call/seek an attorney.

According to Ezine articles, there are several things you MUST not do after you are in a car accident:

Admit fault; leave the scene; wait for insurance companies to contact you or take too much time to call an attorney; sign anything without knowing what the papers say or means.