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Tennessee bus accident possibly caused by defective brakes

Tennessee readers would probably not classify singing in a college choir as a high-risk activity. Choral singing can be challenging and fulfilling, to be sure, but the risk of injuries is not the same as would be presented by, say, an extreme sport.

Yet one group of college students may feel differently. The 40 singers, all members of the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers, were on their spring break concert tour in southern Tennessee. The group had given a concert at a church in Chattanooga and was returning home when the brakes on their charter bus allegedly malfunctioned.

At the time of the accident, the bus was driving on Signal Mountain. The brake problem caused the bus to run over a small hill beside the road, reportedly becoming airborne at one point. Over half of the students were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries. Fortunately, none of the students sustained life-threating injuries.

Drivers in Tennessee expect their motor vehicles to be free of dangerous defects and hidden automotive problems. Various consumer protection laws also require automotive manufacturers to stand behind their products. When a vehicle defect causes an accident, the manufacturer may be liable for any injuries sustained by the passengers.

With the help of a product liability lawyer, the cause of the reported brake failure in this story can be investigated. If negligence on the part of the manufacturer is discovered, an attorney can help the parties prepare a successful product liability lawsuit and obtain financial compensation for their medical costs and pain and suffering.

Source: tristatehomepage.com, "KWC Students Return To Campus After Tennessee Bus Crash," Kayla Moody, March 11, 2013

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