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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.



Pedestrian killed after being struck by two vehicles

A pedestrian was killed along Maynardville Pike in North Cox County in Tennessee on Tuesday, December 1, after being struck by two vehicles. The man was in the southbound lanes of the highway when a Chevrolet pickup truck swerved to miss him. The next vehicle, a Ford F-150 truck, was unable to avoid the collision and struck the man at around 5:55 in the evening. While lying in the street, the pedestrian was then hit again by a Tennessee Highway Patrol Cruiser driven by trooper Adam Bowman while the officer was on his way to a crash scene on Interstate 40.

It is unknown how much time passed between the first and second impact. The body of the victim was transported to the Regional Forensic Center where the autopsy identified the man as 64-year-old Charles Matthews. The scene shut down the highway until 10:00 p.m. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the accident and no charges have been made. No other injuries were reported.



Driver charged with vehicular homicide after Memphis accident

Twenty-eight-year-old Kenneth Benson was charged on Wednesday, December 2 with vehicular homicide for a car accident he caused along Southern and McLean in Memphis, Tennessee on Oct. 29, 2015 which killed his passenger, 21-year-old Dedarius Benson.

According to preliminary investigations and an arrest affidavit, Benson had been driving a 1998 Nissan Maxima when it veered onto oncoming traffic and hit a 2013 Honda Accord.

Benson is also facing charges of two counts of aggravated assault, driving on a suspended license, and not having car insurance. He appeared in court for a video arraignment on Thursday, December 4.

If you have been hurt in a serious accident, you are already well aware that the damage can include physical, emotional, and financial hardship. If you have suffered as a result of an accident you did not cause, call the attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today to speak to an attorney about your situation. You can reach our Memphis offices at (844) 275-8422.



Truck driver’s license revoked after fatal I-75 accident

A driver for Cool Runnings Express Inc., licensed by Kentucky, has officially had his commercial trucking license revoked by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after being involved in a major collision on Interstate 75 last month that killed six people, according to the Times Free Press on July 21.

Benjamin Scott Brewer received the order to cease operation of any and all commercial motor vehicles interstate commerce this past Sunday, July 19. According to a release from the FMCSA, Brewer posed an “imminent hazard to public safety” after he falsified his records-of-duty status. Brewer stated that he was off duty between June 15 and June 25, yet the tracking system implemented by his employer showed that he had been driving his vehicle on June 22, 23, and 24.

Brewer also lied on his application for employment by leaving out one collision in June 2013 and one speeding ticket, issued for going 16-20 miles over the limit, in January 2015. Additionally, Brewer tested positive for controlled substances in May of this year.

The serious truck accident, which occurred in June, resulted in the highest death toll for a single crash in Hamilton County in the past 21 years. The investigation is ongoing.

The John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers represent Memphis truck accident victims and their families in the pursuit of compensation from those responsible. Call us at (844) 275-8422 today for dedicated, diligent representation.



Teen killed in Memphis moped accident

A 15-year-old boy was killed in a moped accident that may have involved a hit and run, according to WHBQ on June 21.

The victim and his friend were riding their mopeds along University Street in Memphis when a 2000 Nissan Maxima began driving recklessly in their direction. The friend said it was swerving back and forth. The victim’s friend was able to avoid the vehicle, but he heard his friend’s moped crash behind him. It was not clear whether or not the victim’s moped was actually struck by the vehicle, or if the crash happened as an attempt to avoid it.

Memphis police said the boy succumbed to critical injuries at a local hospital the day after the accident.

Community members believe speed bumps should be installed on this road in order to prevent accidents like this from happening. This street is a popular place for teenagers to ride their scooters.



Attorney claims GM and outside law firm coordinated to cover up defect

An attorney is claiming that automaker General Motors Co. gained outside advice from a law firm regarding the cover-up of the defective ignition switches in the company’s vehicles, with the legal firm allegedly advising GM to settle wrongful death cases that a jury would clearly find them responsible for, the Wall Street Journal reported on June 11.

Citing previous court cases, the attorney said that secrecy between lawyers and clients should not go as far as providing for or asking advice regarding the commission of a crime or fraud.

Around 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles, along with other small cars, were recalled in early 2014 due to these vehicles’ defective ignition switches.

The John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers represent those who have been injured due to the negligence of someone else – including a defective vehicle that should never have been released to the public. Call our offices in Memphis at (844) 275-8422 today to learn more about taking legal action against those responsible.



Death toll in tragic Amtrak train accident rises to eight

The number of people killed in the tragic train accident involving a train owned by the National Railroad Passenger Corp. rose to eight from seven with the discovery of a body in a destroyed rail car on May 14, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

The train crash was the deadliest train accident in the United States in almost six years and may have resulted from the speed it was traveling as it rounded a curve – 106 mph.

According to an interview by his attorney on ABC News, 32-year-old Amtrak engineer and assistant conductor Brandon Bostian incurred a concussion in the derailment, requiring him to undergo 14 stitches in the head and several stitches in one leg. Reportedly, he does not remember the collision itself and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.