Many Knoxville residents may be aware of a recent school bus accident that left four people injured and three dead, including two elementary-aged students and a teacher's aide. This tragic accident, which involved two school buses, has left many in our community wondering how such a thing could happen. Investigators from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Knoxville Police department are analyzing the busses to determine if mechanical failure played a role in the wreck. However, both busses passed inspections conducted not long ago. The National Transportation Safety Bureau will join the investigation.
Police have also drawn blood from both bus drivers to determine if either was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Witnesses will also be questioned and video recordings on one bus will be scrutinized. While the authorities are doing all they can to get to the truth of the matter, the fact is it could be a while before the picture becomes clear.
Unfortunately, those who suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one will have a difficult road ahead of themselves. The loss of a loved one, for example, can be an emotionally difficult thing to handle. In addition to the turmoil of not being able to see a loved one again, a surviving family may suffer significant financial losses. Medical and funeral expenses can mount, leaving a family unable to make ends meet.
When a tragic accident like this occurs it becomes imperative to consider whether or not it was caused by the negligence of another. If it was, then legal action may be taken against that party not only to recover compensation for damages, but also to help ensure that other Tennessee families do not have to face similar hardship because of negligent or reckless driving.
Source: WATE News 6, "Fatal Knoxville school bus crash victims identified, police continue to investigate," Dec. 3, 2014