Wrongful death suit may follow in fatal school bus crash

Sometimes accidents can happen when a person least expects them to. Though many Tennessee parents feel that their children are safe when they are picked up by the school bus and whisked off to attend school all day, that is, unfortunately, not always the case. An accident that involved a school bus resulted in the deaths of some of its passengers. After the investigation is completed and negligence is proved, a wrongful death suit might be filed by each of the decedent's families.

According to the authorities, an experienced school bus driver was not paying attention to traffic as he was driving 22 children home on a rain-soaked highway near Knoxville. He was allegedly looking at his smartphone. Also, the bus he was operating was traveling close to 60 mph on a highway with a speed limit of 40 mph. 

The bus driver looked up from the cellphone and swerved just in time to avoid hitting an SUV that was stopped at an intersection. This caused the bus to careen over the road's median into oncoming traffic and slam into the side of another school bus. The collision caused this bus to flip. The impact killed two students, ages 6 and 7, as well as a 46-year-old teacher's aide.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, if it is proved that the school bus driver's negligence was a contributing factor in this senseless accident, the victims' families might seek to file wrongful death claims. The result of a successfully filed wrongful death claim in Tennessee is often monetary compensation that can help pay for end-of-life expenses, such as funeral and burial costs. A personal injury attorney who is experienced with wrongful death cases can often help establish whether there is a viable case as well as explain the ensuing legal proceedings.

Source: knoxnews.com, "Texting spat, speeding behind fatal school bus crash", Don Jacobs, June 23, 2015

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