4 killed as car collides with KSRTC bus near Tiruvalla

Four persons died after the car in which they were travelling collided with a KSRTC bus at Kallumal Junction near Kumbanad on Sunday night.

The deceased are Eraviperoor natives Anoop, 25, Ben, 30, and Joby, 38. The fourth person is yet to be identified. Another passenger in the car who was injured has been admitted to Muthoot Medical Centre in Kozhenchery.

The car was completely damaged in the impact of the collision and it caught fire. Mohanan Naranganam, a Seva Bharathi volunteer, was injured on the accident spot while trying to use a fire extinguisher. The passengers and driver of the bus were unhurt.

Video – Manorama News, News Source – The New Indian Express.

Car accident statistics are jarring at night. Despite 60 percent less traffic on the roads, more than 40 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night.

Sunlight provides the strongest light source. When it goes down at night, there are a variety of man-made lights that help drivers safely navigate the roads. Our eyes will adjust to lower levels of light (pupils dilate in darkness and constrict in brightness), but they have difficulty functioning properly when switching from bright to dark, or vice-versa. This can happen quite a lot on the roads at night when you look directly into the headlights of oncoming traffic.

Driving either just before sunrise (dawn) or immediately after sunset (dusk) are also very dangerous time periods on the roadways, and many car accidents occur during these times. The problem is that while the sky is still well lit, the roads begin to get dark. This causes a disparity between light and dark and can cause vision problems for drivers.

Car Accident Lawyer’s Night Driving Safety Tips

1.  Allow for enough distance to stop. We recommend that you gauge this distance using your headlights.  Low beams should allow you to see up to 160 feet away, while high beams should illuminate about 500 feet in front of you.  Make sure that, if and when you must brake hard, that you can brake within those distances.

2.  Keep your dashboard lights at a safe low setting. Since the contrast between bright and dark will impede your vision, limiting the brightness in your car should help you see at night and avoid car accidents.

3.  Keep your windshield and windows clean. Limiting the glare from other headlights is very important.  A dirty windshield will not help in this regard.

4.  Limit distractions. Since your vision will not be as good as it is during the day, your reaction times will also be slower than normal.  This is why you should focus your attention on the road even more than you would other times.

There are many potential dangers that you will face on the road late at night.  As car accident lawyers, we hope that you will always drive carefully regardless of the road conditions.  These tips should help you successfully navigate the nighttime roads and reach your destination safely.  Just remember to take your time and drive safely, and you will avoid a potential wrongful death car accident.