Motor vehicle collisions have an impact on everyone involved. A recent fatal bus accident in Tennessee has left families grieving for the loss of their loved ones, especially now as funerals begin. As court proceedings begin for the driver deemed responsible, families may want to pursue their right to file civil claims for wrongful death on behalf of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.
Prior to this crash, reports administrators and students were apparently concerned about the bus driver's behavior as he operated the motor vehicle. Additionally, the investigation that followed the collision revealed the driver had traveled off of the designated route. Authorities completed a toxicology test, which showed that the bus driver did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the accident.
According to officials, the allegedly responsible driver will appear in court briefly, and his lawyer expects that he will plead not guilty. He is currently facing charges for five counts of vehicular homicide, though another count will be added with the recent passing of another victim. Funeral arrangements were still being finalized for all of the victims.
Parents of those victims who were killed in this tragic bus accident have the right to file claims for wrongful death. Successfully litigated claims may result in financial relief for the end-of-life expenses that they are now facing as a result of this Tennessee crash, along with other losses recognized by applicable laws. These parents have every right to seek the guidance of legal professionals to assist them as they take action.
Source: insurancejournal.com, "Tennessee Bus Driver Likely to Plead Not Guilty in Fatal Crash", Jonathan Mattise, Nov. 30, 2016