A lawsuit has officially been filed concerning the deadly bus crash two weeks ago. 10 people died after a FedEx truck crashed into a school bus. The crash caused the truck to catch fire, which in turn caused the bus to explode into flames.
Most students were able to crawl out of windows to escape the flames, but both drivers, three chaperones and five students could not get out of the bus.
On Tuesday, the mother of a 17-year-old honors student that died in the crash sued FedEx after claiming that their trucks have a history of catching on fire. This is only the first of many suits that are expected to head FedEx's way in the months to come. This negligence suit in particular seeks $100 million in damages.
The lawsuit alleges that FedEx trucks have a history of catching fire from mechanical problems, driver error or improper cargo loading.
The suit also names the estate of the FedEx driver and the bus owner, Silverado Stages, as defendants. The bus lacked adequate exit doors that would have allowed passengers to escape after the crash, the lawsuit contends.
Personal injury lawyers have the best job in that they get to defend innocent people against liable insurance companies, but they have the worst job in that they have to deal directly with tragedies such as this. Details have really yet to be released about this situation, but I definitely get the feeling that negligence came into play.
The bus not having the proper emergency exits is an obvious negligence that must be addressed, because it's a possibility that those 10 people who died on the bus could have escaped if these exits were in place. Something as simple as that could have saved lives.
Bus crashes can be so serious and dangerous, and the proper safety measures must be in place. Our children deserve to be protected in the event of a deadly crash such as this. Stricter laws and regulations need to be put into place across the nation to make busses, especially those carrying children, as safe as they can possibly be.