School buses are considered to be a safe mode of transportation for students as they go to and from school and school-related events. However, a recent bus accident in Tennessee has people questioning how safe they really are. Families are grieving this week as dozens of children were injured and some lost their lives in this heartbreaking crash. The parents and guardians of those children injured or killed in this accident have the right to take action in the aftermath of this tragedy.
A school bus was transporting approximately 35 children, from kindergarten through 5th grade, when the crash occurred. Authorities believe that speed was a major factor, as the bus slammed into a tree, nearly splitting the bus in two. The impact of the collision caused 23 students to suffer injuries of various kinds. Two students had to be transported to nearby hospitals on a stretcher.
Officials report that five children died at the site of the bus accident, while one more died after arriving at the hospital. The 24-year-old man who was driving the bus at the time of this incident is facing a number of charges, including vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment. Additional charges may be added following a complete investigation.
The families of those children injured or killed in this fatal crash have the right to file civil claims for personal injury or wrongful death. These claims may help families through the grieving process and, if successfully litigated, may provide some financial compensation for the medical and end-of-life expenses they are now facing. For assistance in understanding the next step of action following a car accident in Tennessee, victims may want to contact a legal professional.
Source: USA Today, "Official: At least 6 killed in Tenn. school bus crash", Ariana Sawyer, Nov. 21, 2016