Important Lessons on 25th Anniversary of Most Deadly Crash in U.S. History


May 14, 2013

In the wake of the 25th anniversary of the nation's most deadly crash, it is appropriate to express condolences to the families that lost loved ones in the fatal crash and recognize the impact of the tragic disaster on driver safety. During he fatal collision, which occurred on May 14, 1988, an intoxicated driver slammed head-on into a school bus that was transporting 67 people returning from a church outing to an amusement park.

The collision between the vehicles caused the gas tank of the bus to rupture, and a fire to start that claimed the lives of more than two dozen kids as well as the bus driver and an adult accompanying the kids. All of the remaining occupants of the bus were injured in the crash.

Although the accident was a horrific tragedy, it directly led to major changes in vehicle safety. The state where the fatal collision occurred enacted much stricter DUI laws, which were duplicated by many other states. "There is no question that it changed the way Kentuckians, and frankly, people around the country, viewed drinking and driving," explained the current University of Kentucky Director of Media Relations. Many states increased investment in enforcement of DUI and DWI laws and enacted stricter sentences, including mandatory minimum sentences in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

The deadly bus accident also changed vehicle safety standards for buses and other vehicles. School bus manufacturers and other vehicle makers began implementing a safer fuel tank design along with measures designed to reduce the risk of rupture in the event of a traffic collision. School bus manufacturers also gravitated toward fuel systems which used fuel that was less likely to ignite in a collision and equipping buses with more emergency exits.

Our Atlanta motor vehicle accident attorneys often receive inquiries from prospective clients who wonder about the merits of litigation following a vehicle collision. A personal injury settlement or judgment generally is the key to injury victims receiving the financial compensation that they need to recover and rebuild their lives. However, the public at large also benefits from lawsuits against manufacturers of defective vehicles, distracted and intoxicated drivers and other unsafe motorists that disregard vehicle safety putting all motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in danger.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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