Distraction and speed involved in fatal school bus wreck

When many people in Tennessee think about how to be safe when on the roads, they logically think about the actions and choices made by the people who are behind the wheels of vehicles. This includes not only the people driving everyday passenger cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles but also those people who operate semi trucks, delivery trucks and school buses. Every person with control of a vehicle has some form of obligation to drive responsibly to keep those in their vehicles as well as in others safe.

Sadly, not everyone who grabs the keys and drives takes their responsibility seriously it would seem. One horrifying example can be seen in the case of a fatal school bus wreck that killed six of the 37 school children who were on board. Both distraction and speed have been identified as factors in the crash. Reports show that that man was on the phone for at least three minutes prior to the accident.

Prosecutors are said to have records that indicate the man had a pattern of taking phone calls while operating the bus and are pushing to use this data in the trial. Defense attorneys are attempting to limit or block the admission of this evidence in the proceedings. It is not known if any civil actions have yet been filed.

When a family must mourn the loss of a child due to the negligence of another person, learning about their compensation actions from a conversation with an attorney may be helpful.

Source: The Tennessean, "Prosecutor: Driver in deadly Chattanooga school bus crash was on phone," December 22, 2017

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