Every year public schools go through bus safety units and students are expected to understand what to do in case of an emergency, but what if the driver is the one putting the students in danger? Tennessee parents are going through some difficult emotions right now, trying to comprehend what happened as charges against a local bus driver are filed following a bus crash and in the wake of 26 injured students.

There were 39 students total on the vehicle as it was traveling at a speed reportedly 25-30 miles per hour above the given speed limit. The driver allegedly lost control of the large vehicle and tried to correct the veer of the bus, resulting in going too far the other way and the bus rolling over twice. The urgent help of medics on the scene may have saved the students from much worse conditions than their actual injuries. The community of Washington County is now wondering how to proceed after their children were endangered by someone who is supposed to safely transport them to and from school every day.

There have been a total of 39 charges filed against the bus driver, including reckless aggravated assault, speeding, reckless driving, and failing to exercise due care. A report of the inspection of the bus has indicated that the bus had no issues mechanically and officials are reported to have said they believe it was the bus driver’s “ʻreckless behaviorʼ” that caused the accident. The investigation is ongoing.

It doesn’t take a large vehicle to make a crash a traumatic event — it can be terrifying. But in a case like this, when there was not only a large vehicle involved but many, many lives as well? It’s understandable that people are wanting answers. Understanding the laws in Tennessee and your area about negligence and reckless driving could keep you aware of how you are driving, yourself. If you happen to get into a car accident, seeking out legal counsel to discuss personal injury claims and possible recompense could help you move forward from such an event.

Source: Johnson City Press, “Update: driver charged in Washington County school bus crash,” Becky Campbell, Oct. 3, 2012

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