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Old 21st June 2007, 16:27   #16
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Thank god for watching over them. As far as I have heard, the Banglore-Tirupati route is quite accident prone.
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Thank god for watching over them. As far as I have heard, the Banglore-Tirupati route is quite accident prone.
No yaar, it is a nice highway!!
Even highway is accident prone if not driven safely...You should be careful as you should be in a 2 laned highway...

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Old 21st June 2007, 18:22   #18
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When there is pretty bad damage to the vehicles, and/or people, people do tend to file FIRs - usually due to (a) just to save themselves from the allegation that no report was made / did not assist the injured. (b) claim insurance.
In case of vehicles owned by State road transport corporations, drivers will insist on FIRs even for minor accidents, else they will be penalised by the company.
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Old 21st June 2007, 18:49   #19
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I had two guests who came from Hong Kong, they went to Tirupati. They were heading towards Tirupati in an Ambassador Cab, a bike was overtaking a car on the oncoming lane, he came too wide and smashed head-on into their car. Dont know if the guy on the bike made it after the accident. He was taken to some hospital in another cab. My guests headed straight back to Bombay. They were really quite for a few days. Specially since in Hong Kong they're used to walking around since everything is near by. And to top it all, one of them has had a fear of travelling in cars since childhood.
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Great to know that there was no serious injuries for your folks.


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From the sound of it, the cabbie may have been at fault (apart from the brake failure) since the lorry driver is trying to file a complaint!
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This is really pathetic news....God knows when these cab companies service their vehicles....Brake failures doesnt happen so often in modern day cars....unless there is no care/service done...

Brake failure is a common excuse given by drivers to shift the blame on to the car.
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Old 21st June 2007, 21:49   #21
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Brake failure is a common excuse given by drivers to shift the blame on to the car.
I totally agree.. Many drivers give the same excuse..
Glad to know that there were only minor injuries.

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Whew. Just returned after meeting them. We accompanied them to a doc for a check up and got some tetanus injections and pain killers. Back home now after wifey cooked dinner for them. So here is the status.

Injuries are not as bad as suspected. All the 3 of them are feeling stiff all over the body and cant walk around too easily. Her dad has bruised his head and its swollen. He also has wounds in the knee. Her mom and sis have some injuries on the face and also in the hands and knees. Her sis has hurt her hand but its getting better now and is just stiff. She lost her specs in the accident and is going to have trouble till tomorrow when she will get her new specs. Luckily no one has any deep cuts and/or open wounds.

About the accident. It happened about 7kms from palamner(or something similar). There was a mild ghat/hill section and the accident happened just off the crest of the hill. The car had completed the up climb and had just started heading downhill. The lorry was coming uphill. They had overtaken some vehicle and then the car just kept going straight. The driver said the brakes failed but the lorry occupants suspect he dozed off. Anyway, the went straight into the lorry and luckily the lorry driver somehow anticipated this and braked hard. He was almost at the standstill when the car hit him.

The car is smashed and they had to call in a tractor to tow it away. Wife's dad had just removed the seat belts to change some CD in the player. What bad timing. It seems the dashboard also caved in because of the impact and the instrument panel and clocks were hanging out. Thats how her dad got his legs injured. The front windshield also is fully broken. The car company supposedly scolded the driver severely and from latest reports he is still near that village awaiting some tow vehicle. Her dad was saying that the driver was very responsible and didnt do any unnecessary overtakings and rash driving. Still this happened.

Later, once everyone got out, as the car rolled downhill the driver jumped in and applied the hand brakes. Too bad he didnt do that when the main brakes failed. Also seems he didnt attempt to steer away from the lorry. Was he that shocked or had he dozed off? Too bad we wont find out and thank heavens we are still in a position to think about it.
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Was that an Indica ??
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Considering that whole description I would say he dozed off, especially since he made no attempt to brake or steer away from the lorry.

Good to know everyone is ok with no major injuries.
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It is indeed unclear what happened in reality. Many things happen when a person is in shock or in the state of doziness. It seems either of the two happened and I suspect he was in a half sleep mood when this happened.

Anyway, more important than that is to know how safe your in laws are. Glad to know the injuries are not very serious. But I think it is better to take some days off from everything and rest for a day or two at a place where they are completely comfortable at.
Give the injured all the courage and good words so that they feel calm and safe. Especially women folk needs to be attended in a very soothing way.
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Thank God! Good to know everyone's safe.

A friend of mine had a similar incident. He was driving his modded Gypsy, and while cruising at 70-75km/h, he went head on against an on coming truck. The Gypsy was a total loss. The only injury my friend had, was a tiny cut on his finger! And he got that, while trying to open the door,and didn't notice a piece of glass wedged against the seat & his thigh.


I'm sure your in-laws are dazed. here's wishing all 3 of them a speedy recovery..
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Brake failure is a common excuse given by drivers to shift the blame on to the car.
, these drivers attribute their loss in control to the poor brakes which has nothing to do in these accidents...

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Amazing to read this but the road in the ghat section near Palamner is quit broad, something is wrong here, this driver might have lost his concentration, he looked like he doozed off...

ANyway, Nice to see that the passengers are fine... They will surely be out of the shock in a few days time...
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Hey just get their minds of the whole thing. Get them some pastries and stuff.
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Its very sad incident indeed, good to know everyone is ok with no injuries.

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