When parents watch their children board a school bus, they put their trust in the drivers, the bus mechanics, the school district and the bus manufacturers that their children will arrive at their destination safe and sound. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. For parents, there are few things scarier than learning that one of their children has been involved in a school bus accident.
Such an accident took place on Jan. 27, just before 3 p.m. The accident didn’t just involve one bus, though. It involved two. The accident occurred in Clarksville, just over three hours from Knoxville. Both school buses were from Clarksville-Montgomery County and had passengers aboard when one rear-ended the other at Peachers Mill Road and Tiny Town Road.
Reports state that two students were transported for medical treatment for minor injuries; however, this was not confirmed by authorities. WKRN-TV reported that 11 students out of 40 total on the two buses suffered minor injuries.
The parents of the students who were injured likely want answers as to how this occurred. WKRN-TV reports state that the bus driver of the second bus said the brakes malfunctioned. However, there were no problems noted with the brakes after an inspection by authorities. In addition, the report said the driver was given a citation for following too closely.
When you or someone you love is injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for a variety of civil claims. Those claims might include those for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
Source: Clarksville Online, “Clarksville Police report Two Clarksville Montgomery County School Buses involved in Traffic Accident” No author given, Jan. 27, 2014