Posted On: May 20, 2009

Alabama School Bus Crash Injures Several Students

A multiple-vehicle accident in east Montgomery, AL, on the afternoon of May 14 caused two public school buses to collide, and resulted in one child being sent to the hospital with neck and shoulder injuries. The collision occurred on a service road and included two other passenger vehicles.

According to police, three individuals were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. Two Montgomery County Public School students and a third person from one of the passenger vehicles were transported by ambulance. The personal injuries included one student’s hand, while a second student suffered from injuries to the neck and shoulders. There was no immediate information on the third victim.

As an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer, I can tell you that these types of accidents happen quite often. And while reports of this accident say the injuries were minor, this is not always the case. Not to mention that even minor injuries can become a source of constant pain and discomfort for years to come. The only way to be sure your rights are protected is to enlist the help of a qualified personal injury attorney. This incident involved children, which is all the more concerning.

It all happened when the two buses belonging to Montgomery County school system were traveling from Georgia Washington School to Baldwin on a service road around 2:40 p.m. Based on reports, it appears that second bus hit the first bus from behind, thus starting the chain reaction accident. After being hit, the first bus slammed into the rear of a Mazda passenger car, which itself rear-ended a pickup truck in front of it.

A spokesman for the school district said there were approximately 15 students on each bus at the time. Another bus was dispatched to the scene to pick up the remaining children, who were then taken to Georgia Washington school to be evaluated before being sent home.

While the exact reason for the crash has yet to be determined, the injuries were real and police are continuing their investigation. Regardless of the severity of an accident, if you or a relative has received injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should consult with a qualified legal professional, such as the staff at Eversole Law. We offer free initial consultation to help you understand your rights in cases of personal injury.

Minor injuries in double MPS bus crash, WSFA.com, May 14, 2009

Tags: Accident, Bus, Crash, Head Injury, Multiple, Personal Injury, Vehicle

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Posted On: May 6, 2009

Alabama Trucker Arrested for 3 Deaths in Cell Phone-related Highway Crash

Authorities recently arrested an Alabama truck driver who allegedly caused a fatal multi-vehicle pileup in Missouri almost ten months ago. The highway crash, which caused three deaths and more than a dozen injuries, was the result of a seemingly simple distraction from a ringing cell phone. The regrettable thing is that the Muscle Shoals resident reportedly had a clean driving record. Yet his actions have irreversibly altered the lives of many victims and their families.

As a Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney, I have encountered many stories just like this one. This case shows how many individuals can be affected by the actions of just one person, and why it is important to retain the services of a qualified legal professional to represent your interests. The plaintiffs are just now preparing themselves to face the ordeal all over again in a court of law, nearly a year after the actual incident.

What happened that mid-July afternoon was a disaster in the making. According to reports, Jeffrey R. Knight, 49, was driving a 2005 Freightliner loaded with scrap aluminum. By his own admission, Knight told investigators that he had been distracted by a cell phone.

A highway patrol report quotes Knight as saying, "I reached across the dash to get my cell phone. I flipped the phone open, looked back at traffic, and I was there right at the last car (in the line of cars stuck in traffic). I didn't see any brake lights or emergency flashers. After I hit the first car, I just remember holding the steering wheel and seeing cars going to my left and right."

The aftermath told the story. The truck ran into, and over, a line of 10 vehicles that had backed up on eastbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) just west of Interstate 270. Three people died and 15 were injured.

Two of those killed were Amish from northeastern Missouri who were headed to a funeral in Tennessee with a hired driver. Lydia Miller, 55, died the day of the crash, and Alvin Mast, 88, died two days later. Charles "Keith" Cason, a 55-year-old copier salesman on a business trip, was in the first vehicle to be rear-ended by the truck. He died immediately, according to authorities.

Knight, who until that day had a clean driving record, was charged April 8 with three counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter, which alleges that the deaths resulted from "criminal negligence." According to authorities, each count is punishable by up to four years in prison.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, the legal professionals at Eversole Law are ready to help you.


Alabama trucker, distracted by cell phone, charged with crash that killed 3 here, STLToday, April 15, 2009

Investigation continues six months after deadly pileup, STLToday.com, January 13, 2009

Tags: Automobile Accidents, Injury, Manslaughter, Truck Crash, Wrongful Death

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