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Tennessee School Bus Crash Caused by Texting While Driving

In December 2014, this blog discussed a Knoxville, Tennessee accident involving 2 school buses. The crash resulted in 3 fatalities and injuries to 19 others. The accident occurred as one of the bus drivers, 48-year-old James Davenport, made a sharp left turn, drove across a median, and collided with the other bus. Following the wreck, the Knoxville Police Department began investigating to determine “the cause of the crash whether it be from human error, a mechanical issue, weather related or a combination of factors.” In June 2015, Knoxville PD released the results of its investigation – the bus driver was texting while operating the bus. According to interviews and records reviewed, the driver had sent and received multiple text messages in the minutes leading up to the accident.
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz (“NST Law”) is the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, with offices also in Arkansas and Mississippi. If you have been injured in a car accident, call NST Law at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004. Texting while driving is a form of distracted driving and can lead to preventable car accidents. Distracted driving may include inattentive driving, texting, and use of radio, GPS, or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Each year, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security tracks the number of auto accidents across Tennessee caused by distracted driving. From January 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, 16,599 Tennessee car crashes were caused by at least one of the above forms of distracted driving. In 2014, a total of 21,204 car wrecks were caused by distracted drivers.
With over 25 years experience handling car accident cases, NST Law understands the danger of drivers not paying proper attention to their cars and surroundings. Negligent drivers who are not paying attention may cause other drivers, passengers or pedestrians to incur medical bills, miss work, and endure physical and mental suffering. For a free initial consultation on your case, call NST Law at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 today.

Sources: WBIR, TN.gov