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Insurance | 12.03.2014 - 18:41

Driving Fails: Five Roadway Nightmares to Make You Feel Better About Yourself

Some of the worst auto accidents have changed the way we drive forever. Take a look at some of the worst wrecks in years past.

Unfortunately, deadly accidents occur each year. They take the lives of drivers and passengers, often resulting from one mistake or error in judgment. While some people walk away from these awful collisions, not all are so fortunate. When you start to feel like a lame driver, just remember this historic, deadly accidents and revel in the fact you don't have to report one of these to the Cowan insurance group.

 

America’s Worst Bus Accident
The worst bus accident in American history occurred all thanks to a drunk driver. In May of 1988, a youth group was traveling back from an amusement park at 11 p.m. A drunk driver in Kentucky struck the bus head on with his pick-up truck. He had been driving the wrong way on the freeway. Not only did the bus become engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes, but the front door was also disabled. Of the 66 passengers on board, 27 died, and 34 were injured. This was the accident that led to the formation of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

 

Summer Nightmare
An Independence Day accident in 1998 made many people realize just how dangerous Virginia’s I-81 can be. One family was killed when a rain storm caused them to hydroplane and fly straight over the median. The car collided with a tractor-trailer.

 

Snowy, Icy Roads
On one January day in 2009, 20 car accidents occurred in one Maryland county. One of these accidents involved seven tractor-trailers, and 35 cars. This pile-up resulted from the icy conditions of the road.

 

A Foggy 70-Car Pile-Up
Can you imagine how your Cambridge auto insurance company would react if they found out you were involved in a 70-car pile-up? This is precisely what happened in Tennessee one morning. Morning commuters on I-75 plowed into each other, backing up traffic for longer than half a mile. Fires engulfed some of the cars, while others kept joining the collision. Fortunately, this accident led to an improved fog warning system, and several fog sensors.

 

Taconic Nightmare
The Taconic State Parkway crash of 2009 resulted in eight deaths and one severe injury. Diane Schuler was driving her children and nieces home from a camping trip when she entered the freeway from the wrong direction and drove nearly two miles. She struck an SUV, and only her son survived the accident. Later, toxicology tests showed that she was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time. A documentary called There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane shed light on this tragic case.

 

The next time you get in a fender bender, just be glad you weren't one of the unlucky few these accidents happened to!

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