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Driver charged in elementary school bus accident


No parent wants to think that a child on a school bus is in more danger than any other vehicle on the road. Usually they are just as safe as if they were being driven to school by a parent. One recent accident involving a school bus 50 miles east of Durham, however, probably has some parents thinking about other ways to get their kids to school.

The bus with eight students was on a rural road headed for Nashville Elementary School around 7:30 a.m. when the driver lost control of his vehicle. None of the students in the overturned bus suffered serious injuries.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the 24-year-old driver said problems with the vehicle's steering led to the accident. Further investigation of the bus found no problems, however.

The driver, who had only been with the school district for a week, was suspended without pay until the investigation has finished. He was charged with failure to maintain lane control. He has continued to cooperate with investigators and law enforcement.

Negligent drivers and failure to comply with traffic regulations are usually cited as the underlying causes of commercial vehicle accidents. Driver fatigue and poorly maintained vehicles operated by negligent companies can also lead to accidents.

Commercial vehicle accidents are common all around the country. Some are more serious than others, with passengers being seriously injured or even killed. Major hospital expenses, insurance claims and litigation often follow such accidents.

Injury victims and surviving family members who seek compensation in the wake of an accident often need professional legal help because of the complex and often difficult process of establishing liability. A law firm experienced in such matters can potientially make all the difference between a quick and easy legal resolution and tedious and expensive litigation.

Source: ABC 11, "School bus overturns in Nash County, driver charged," April 2, 2014

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