Shelby County Bus Crash May Lead to Charges Against the Driver

Earlier this month in Shelby County, a school-bus accident on Austin Peay sent 11 people to the hospital, including 10 students. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Old Brownsville Road at around 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon.

bus-604402-mEvidently, the bus unexpectedly crossed the center median and side-swiped a tractor-trailer carrying construction equipment. The bus, which had 40 students on board, was badly damaged in the accident. One student’s account of the accident is as follows:  “Next thing I know, the bus just flew off the road. And everybody was just going from side to side. I saw people just hitting their heads, bleeding. Then I looked to the front of the bus, and that whole…the side of that was completely gone.”

Students told reporters that the driver of the bus was unconscious after the accident. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and told reporters that the driver of the bus may face charges for her role in the accident.

Unexplained Accidents Are Often Related to Driver Negligence

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is still in the midst of an investigation into why the bus crossed the center line. However, often these “unexplained” accidents involved some kind of driver negligence. For example, the driver of the bus may have been extremely tired and fallen asleep at the wheel, or perhaps the driver was texting on a cell phone or on the bus radio system.

Whatever the case, the Highway Patrol’s investigation may or may not uncover the truth behind what caused the accident. For the parents of the injured students aboard the bus, this may be an unsatisfactory resolution.

Tennessee Lawsuits Based on Negligent Driving

While some accidents are straightforward, others are more nuanced and require an investigation. Tennessee permits accident victims to file suit against a driver even if the cause of the accident is not entirely known at the beginning of the lawsuit. In fact, many of the cases we bring come to fruition after an in-depth investigation is conducted by our staff of experienced motor vehicle collision attorneys.

Of course, the named defendant will almost certainly contest the claim, and that is where having an experienced Tennessee personal injury lawyer on your side can really make a difference.

Have You Been Injured in a Tennessee Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of serious Tennessee accident, you may be entitled to substantial monetary damages to help compensate you for what you have been through. Accident victims endure a lot, from physical trauma to medical bills, time out of work, and emotional stress. It is only fair that they are compensated by those responsible for the crash. We help accident victims get what they are entitled to. To learn more about Tennessee accident law, and to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Tennessee personal injury attorney, call 615-200-1111.

See Related Blog Posts:

Possible DUI Accident Claims One Man’s Life in Cheatham County, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published August 18, 2014.

New Analytical Tool Helps Law Enforcement Predict Where Accidents Will Occur, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published September 18, 2014.

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