Myrtle Beach is well-known for its fun and colorful creatures, but most feel that as long as they are not near the water that many of these will not present a problem. Monday was a day like any other until a woman was driving along a Myrtle Beach highway and her windshield was struck by something you would never think possible.
It appears that the turtle struck the woman’s windshield after being hit by another vehicle. After flying through the window, the turtle bounced of the car’s passenger seat and came to rest of the vehicle’s dashboard. The windshield was shattered and the driver understandably shaken.
“A vehicle in front [of Bjanes’ car] ran over the turtle. The turtle was thrown airborne and struck the windshield … shattering it,” reports officers of the Myrtle Beach Highway Patrol that responded to the scene.
The driver of the vehicle was going approximately 75 miles per hour on the I-4 highway. “As soon as it hit the windshield, of course I was a little freaked out and hysterical,” said Nicole Marie Bjanes, the driver of the vehicle.
If this accident proves anything it is that you never know what to expect once you hit the road. Everyone knows to avoid distractions and to never drive impaired. Drivers are paying attention to the road and those around them as they go about town. However, a flying turtle is certainly not something that warrants questions on the written test for a driver’s license.
It is especially important to be alert and aware when going at high speeds on the highway. This helps to avoid creating an accident that could prove disastrous, and in some cases, even fatal.
“When you are on the road, it is important to be aware and alert, but there is always a chance that something completely out of the ordinary will happen,” said Joe and Martin, managing partners of a top personal injury law firm with an office located in Myrtle Beach. “When this type of situation happens, it is important to speak to an Myrtle Beach auto accident attorney that can assist with determining liability and what needs to be done to properly deal with the insurance company.”
While driving, it is important to be aware that things like this can happen, even though they are rare. The driver was in control of her vehicle and was able to pull over safely without involving any other vehicles in this accident.
Both the driver and the turtle were okay after the accident. This is largely due to Bjanes remaining calm and staying in control of her vehicle from the second the turtle came sailing through her windshield. Bjanes suffered from a few minor cuts following the accident, but no serious injuries.
Negotiating a settlement for a car accident or personal injury claim requires that you calculate a reasonable amount of money you would accept to give up your legal claim. Most insurance companies and injury attorneys rely on one formula or another to get a starting point for settlement talks.
The turtle’s shell was scuffed, but he or she was otherwise fine. A firefighter and a state trooper took the turtle to safety and released him or her into a pond near the site of the accident. The turtle swam away.