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Teacher able to begin world travel again after major accident

Many people take their relatively event-free driving careers for granted, thinking that they are safe from becoming involved in a car crash. The dangers of driving are real, however, and this is highlighted by a crash that could have taken the life of a high school teacher that was named teacher of the year on several occasions. His car accident happened in May 2011, just days before a trip to Europe with his students had been scheduled to begin.

The teacher was on his way to Pennsylvania with a former student to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail when the crash happened on I-70. The former student was behind the wheel when a 16-year-old driving the opposite way crossed the median, slipped under the guard cables and collided head-on with the Honda Civic containing the pair. The former student was a trained nurse and determined that his former teacher was still breathing. He exited the vehicle and attempted to perform CPR on the other driver but it was too late. The teen had been killed on impact. The teacher was airlifted to a nearby hospital where it was determined that he had third-degree burns, a cracked sternum, a collapsed lung, a shoulder in need of reconstruction and three broken ribs.

Even though the man could not walk or breathe on his own, the teacher claimed that he would be going on that trip to Europe. In reality, he did not make the trip, but his students took a cardboard cutout of him with them, which they posed for photos with around Scotland and Northern Ireland. Two years later, the teacher is now able to begin traveling the world with his students once more. His next trip is expected to take him and his class to Beijing.

The injuries the teacher suffered underscore the possibility that you or a loved one will be injured in a severe accident. If this is the case, you should speak to an experienced Pennsylvania attorney who specializes in personal injury.


Source: 
Lawrence Journal-World, "LHS teacher recovers from accident to continue world travel" Giles Bruce, Aug. 12, 2013

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