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Bus Driver Arrested and Charged in Deadly Chattanooga School Bus Accident

December 07, 2016

Bus Driver Arrested and Charged in Deadly Chattanooga School Bus Accident

School buses provide transportation for millions of school children. Parents must trust that the school bus company has employed experienced, competent, dedicated and compassionate drivers who truly care about the children on their bus. These drivers are responsible for the children they take from point A to point B.

A recent accident has raised doubts among many parents as to how safe their children are on school buses. Just last week, a school bus accident in Chattanooga, Tennessee left six children dead and many others injured. The twenty-four-year-old school bus driver allegedly compromised the safety of each child, according to some reports. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of the school bus, swerving off the road and striking a tree. The impact caused the school bus to split into two. The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide for the deaths of the children.

The School Bus Was Not Traveling on Its Designated Route

The school bus driven by the twenty-for-year-old man was carrying 37 children. The driver, who was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was not driving on the designated route and was also speeding. He had been involved in an accident in September where he failed to yield to another car and sideswiped the car. That accident did not result in any injuries. The driver received his commercial driver's license in April of 2016, so he was in his first year as a school bus driver when the tragic accident occurred.

School Bus Driver and Company Facing Lawsuits

Both the driver of the school bus as well as the company who employs the driver are facing lawsuits filed by the families of the deceased and severely injured children. The lawsuits allege that both the driver and the school bus company are liable for the wrongful deaths and injuries suffered by the children involved in the incident. 

The families of the lost children have acted very quickly to seek legal action as they have immediately realized that something went wrong and that someone else is responsible for the injuries or death of their children. Because the accident is still being investigated, it is likely that any legal proceeding will take a significant amount of time to resolve.

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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries after being involved in any auto accident caused by negligence, it is important to consider speaking with a Georgia Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorney at Montlick & Associates as soon as possible. With more than 39 years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law dedicates its practice to helping injured individuals from all across Georgia. By speaking with an attorney, you will learn what legal options may be available to you, as every person's situation is unique.

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