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School bus driver charged with vehicular homicide

John Walker, 24, was arrested on charges of five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving in Chattanooga, Tennessee last Monday, November 21. The charges come after Walker crashed a school bus with 35 school children inside into a tree, causing the death of six elementary children and leaving 24 others with injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to critical.

Police investigators said they are looking at a high rate of speed as a possible factor of the accident. They ruled out road conditions as a likely contributor of the crash. Police have yet to determine if the suspect was drinking while driving or if he was drunk prior to assuming control of the wheel. Emergency medical responders spent considerable time freeing children trapped inside the school bus, which was almost torn in half after getting enveloped around a tree. The accident occurred near Talley Road in southeast Chattanooga.

The personal injury lawyers at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers send our thoughts to the families, friends, and community members harmed by this tragedy.



Woman confesses she was texting when she hit child at bus stop

The Morristown Police Department in Hamblen County, Tennessee reported 37-year-old Heather Williams confessed to texting while driving. Her negligence caused her to hit a child who was waiting at a school bus stop near Lincoln Heights Elementary School on Monday, October 24.

Williams is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, passing a school bus stop sign, and texting while driving. In an interview with local news channel WBIR 10News, Jennifer Chess, the mother of six-year-old victim John Paul Taylor, said the boy sustained sore knees, some cuts, and bruises, but was already back to school by Thursday, October 27. Chess noted, “I thought he broke a bunch of bones. But guardian angels were watching over him.”

MPD Chief Roger Overholt emphasized the dangers of distracted driving, saying, “The incident demonstrates, once again, the danger of texting and driving, and, that while the child sustained non-threatening injuries in this incident, the outcome could have been far worse.”

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Woman charged with drunk driving in fatal Indiana motorcycle accident

A woman from the state of Tennessee is facing charges of driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury (a Level 6 felony), misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated, and citations of failure to yield the right of way, and refusal to submit to a certified chemical test.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Indiana State Police, a motorcycle was struck by a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt while headed west along U.S. Route 6 near Valparaiso, Indiana. The Porter County accident occurred on Saturday, November 5. The motorcycle passenger died as a result of the accident, while the motorcycle driver sustained serious head and foot injuries.

At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, we see motorcycle and car accidents like this one far too often. We know how difficult it can be for families to recover after a serious loss and want to help you get the compensation you deserve to make things easier. Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims of the accident.



Nashville family sues Amazon for exploding hoverboard

A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, a brother and sister, had to jump from the second floor of their house in Nashville, Tennessee after a rising fire trapped them inside their home. The fire resulted from the explosion of a hoverboard they bought from Amazon back in January 2016.

After the accident, their parents, Brian and Meg Fox, filed a $30 million lawsuit against Amazon. They are also seeking damages for the six possessions they lost in the fire. The Foxes purchased the $274 hoverboard in November 2015 through Amazon’s third-party seller W-Deals.

Our personal injury attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, who provide legal services for our clients in Memphis and other areas in Tennessee, handle personal injury accident cases such as product liability and explosion accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (866) 537-1881 to speak with an experienced member of our legal team about your situation.