Survivors in Deadly Bus Crash Return to Say ‘Thank You’

Author: Auger Law | July 17th, 2014

File:Preston Bus Preston Bus Station PN57NFC.jpgYou may remember a tragic bus accident that made headline news about a year ago in Jefferson County Tennessee.  Recently, a feel good story was also covered for this tragic event.

Nine months post-crash, the twelve survivors of the deadly bus crash traveled back to Jefferson County to thank all of the first responders and doctors who assisted in saving their lives.  The scene this day was so much different than the panic and chaos of nine months past.  Today, they simply wanted to say “thank you”.

Tears and hugs greeted the doctors, nurses, helicopter pilot, and others; all who all aided in saving the lives of the twelve survivors.  They also mourned the loss of the six who died on that horrific day when the church bus carrying the 18 passengers blew a tire on Interstate 40.

Tire blowouts are one of the most common reasons for accidents on the road.  Michelin reports approximately 535 fatalities and 23,000 collisions per year due to a tire blowout.

Preventative maintenance to tires is a necessity in reducing the chance of a blowout.  Make sure your tires are property inflated and monitor the wear and tear of tires.

The most common reason for blowout is a puncture when hitting a curb.  Other causes are low tire pressure and tire malfunction.  If you find yourself in a situation where your tire gives out, here are some tips that you can follow.

The first thing you will hear is a very loud pop.  Remain calm, slightly accelerate to compensate for the vehicle pulling towards the side of the blowout and get the vehicle out of the way of traffic.  Once you are clear, lightly hit brakes until the vehicle comes to a stop.

The normal reaction is to hit the brakes and steer away from the pull.  This reaction is what causes most accidents.  Although scary, acceleration will actually help you maintain control of the vehicle while you get it out of the way.

If you are involved in an accident and have suffered injuries as a result, Auger and Auger can help. We are premier wrongful death attorneys in Charlotte, NC. We strive for excellence and will do our best to represent you or your loved one in a manner that can assist in making you whole again following an accident that is due to someone else’s negligence.  Call us today for a free consultation.

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