Earlier this year, an Alabama bus accident claimed one man’s life and injured dozens of others. News sources at the time reported that the bus was carrying a group of high school students from Texas who were returning from Disney World. Suddenly, the bus veered out of its lane and ran off the road, down a steep ravine. The driver of the bus was killed in the collision, and several dozen students were injured.At the time, there was no identifiable reason why the bus drifted out of its lane and into the ravine; however, the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation has recently been completed and sheds additional light on the accident.
According to a recent news report, the NTSB investigation concluded that the driver of the bus was unresponsive prior to the accident. The report bases this conclusion on evidence that there was no sign that the driver tried to brake or swerve before traveling off the road. Currently, there has not been a determination as to why the driver was unresponsive. Further supporting this conclusion was the fact that there was no sign of mechanical failure.
The investigation looked into the driver’s background, finding that he was a veteran bus driver of more than 20 years. The medical reports indicate that he died of blunt-force trauma as a result of the accident. Passengers aboard the bus tried to revive the driver, but their attempts were unsuccessful.
The Importance of Post-Accident Investigations
While the cause of some Alabama car accidents is clear from the surrounding facts, more often than not, an in-depth investigation must be conducted to find out what happened in the moments leading up to the accident. Small details that may not matter to law enforcement officials can make or break an accident victim’s case against an allegedly negligent driver.
In many cases, a police investigation provides a good foundation for accident victims to use when beginning their investigation. However, since law enforcement officials and personal injury plaintiffs are attempting to answer slightly different questions, often a police investigation is insufficient for an Alabama personal injury case. For example, law enforcement officers may not go as far as to subpoena cell phone records or medical records.
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident should reach out to a dedicated Alabama personal injury attorney to discuss their case.
Have You Been Injured in an Alabama Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an Alabama car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. At the Reeves Law Firm, we represent victims and their families in a wide range of Alabama car and truck accident cases. With over 30 years of litigation experience, Attorney Greg Reeves understands the substantive law behind Alabama injury claims as well as how to effectively present his clients’ positions. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Reeves today, call 256-355-3311.
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