Sleepy driver convicted in major accident

By | Truck Accidents

Drivers who take the wheel of large commercial vehicles arguably have an even a greater responsibly to ensure they are in the proper physical condition to operate these powerful vehicles. Some Tennessee residents have likely seen a truck accident that stemmed from the fact that the driver is either exhausted or not experienced enough to handle a vehicle of that size. Last year, the driver of vehicle similar in size to a commercial tractor-trailer made some extremely dangerous decisions when he got behind the wheel of a bus. The tired driver lost control of his enormous vehicle, and it resulted…

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Distracted Driving Cause of Memphis Day Care Bus Crash?

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Three vehicles collided in a Memphis motor vehicle accident at Western Park and Third Street earlier this week. Four adults were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the three vehicles was a day care van from Chism Childcare Enrichment Complex carrying four children. No children were injured in the multi-vehicle crash. One of the children on the bus noted that the kids were able to see the car coming down the street but that the driver of their bus was busy talking on the phone and may not have seen it, leading to the crash. Whether distracted…

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13-Year Old Memphis Student Hit While Boarding School Bus

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Earlier this week, a hearing-impaired Memphis student was involved in a motor vehicle accident on his way to school. After a Memphis school bus driver turned on the bus’ red lights and put out the stop arm, the 13-year-old student walked over to board the bus. Before getting safely aboard, the student was struck by the distracted driver of a Jeep Cherokee, resulting in head injuries that sent the student to the hospital for treatment. The Memphis bus accident led to charges against the driver for Failure to Maintain Control and Safe Lookout and Overtaking a School Bus. But is that…

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Memphis Welcomes Back Travelers Wearied and Wounded by Greyhound Bus Crash

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Fifty passengers on board a Greyhound bus traveling through Oklahoma City en route to Memphis were surprised when the bus they were riding on collided with a street sweeper. Twelve of the Greyhound passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment as well as the bus and street sweeper drivers. A second Greyhound driver took over the remaining route, driving through the night to get the remaining travelers back to Memphis. The remainder of the trip was less than enjoyable for many riders, who were shaken up by the crash and unable to sleep during the overnight ride. The cause…

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Pee Wee Wisdom Bus Accident Fatally Injures 6-Year Old Memphis Boy

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

First-grader Anthony Scott was involved in a fatal bus accident on Monday in the parking lot of his Memphis Community school, Oakshire Elementary. He was struck by a day care bus from Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center just shortly after school was dismissed for the day. The Memphis bus accident was the most recent in a line of legal problems that have plagued the Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Centers. In 1999, a 2-year-old boy died in a Pee Wee vehicle when he was left inside in scorching temperatures. A former Pee Wee operator was criminally convicted for embezzling…

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NTSB Renews Call for Stability Controls in Trucks, School Buses

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

After research confirmed the effectiveness of electronic stability controls (ESC) and rollover stability control (RSC) in preventing rollovers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) renewed its recommendation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for regulation requiring trucks and buses to be equipped with stability controls. The recommendation, delivered by NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, was the result of an investigation into a 2009 semi-truck crash in Indiana. The semi was carrying over 9,000 gallons of liquid propane when it swerved to avoid a Volvo on an interchange linking two interstates. The trailer carrying the propane detached from the semi…

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Slate’s Salute to Bus Drivers

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Tom Vanderbilt, writing for Slate, characterizes the dilemma many bus drivers face: “Make the schedule by driving more recklessly, or drive safely and irritate the passengers.” There are a host of indicators that driving a bus is a very stressful job-from high blood pressure to physical assaults perpetrated by enraged passengers-before we even get to the fact that by some estimates half of all bus accidents are caused by other drivers rear-ending the bus. Vanderbilt interviewed part-time bus driver Matt Leber, who took the job driving buses in Seattle after a 10-year stint at Microsoft. Leber relates stories he’s heard…

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