Eggs in a Big, Flying Jar

Passengers in a crashing bus are like eggs in a big, flying jar.

Jon often compares passengers in a bus crash to eggs in a flying jar. Picture a large jar filled with eggs. Throw the jar as far you can. As the jar propels upward, the eggs are all forced in one direction, crashing into each other and the inside of the jar. Then as the jar starts to drop towards the ground, the eggs are forced into another direction, crashing into each other and the inside of the jar again. Then the jar crashes into the ground. Certainly the jar will be damaged or break—not unlike a mangled bus. Once again, the eggs crash into each other, the inside of the damaged jar or even strike the ground.


Many crashes occur because a bus driver is speeding or falls asleep. As a result, there are multiple impacts and forces at play after the initial crash occurs.

Impact #1 – The first impact in a bus accident may be with one or more vehicles, a concrete barrier on a highway or even with trees or buildings. After the bus strikes a first object, the bus driver will suddenly attempt to stop and get control of the bus. In this first impact, passengers are often thrown in one direction, striking other seats, walls, floors, windows or other passengers.

Impact #2 – The second impact in a bus crash is usually a result of the bus driver’s panicked reaction to the first impact. When a bus driver  is suddenly faced with an emergency, the reaction is to slam on their brakes or to jerk their steering wheel hard in one direction or another. As a result of the bus driver’s reaction to a bus accident, passengers are now thrown in a different direction. Once again, bus accident passengers are thrown against objects within the bus and  into or on top of each other.

Impact #3 –  The third impact  in a bus accident usually occurs as the bus is out of control and grinding to a stop. Sometimes the bus even flips onto its side or rolls, striking other objects which may  include other vehicles, highway barriers, trees or other parts of the highway. Once again, the forces in this phase of a bus accident cause the passengers to be thrown into each other or into other objects in the bus.

It may seem strange to think of a bus accident passenger as you would an egg in a flying jar.

There’s more in common than you think. Eggs trapped in a flying jar are like people trapped in a crashing bus. Eggs are helpless, eggs did nothing to create the danger that injured them, and when they are broken badly, they will never be the same.

People break just like eggs. Some people will crack, others will break. Like eggs, the damage will vary. While our bodies may be sturdier than an egg shell, when we are broken or damaged, just like an egg, the damage is often unable to be completely repaired and is permanent.

The differences between eggs and people is also important. Eggs don’t feel pain. Eggs aren’t required to support themselves and their family. Eggs don’t have to go forward with their lives haunted by the experience of being trapped, helpless and broken. Eggs didn’t pay the jar company to be inside their moving jar.

While the bus company may make you feel like a broken egg, Jon will do all they can to make you feel whole again.