Once again the failure to have seat belts on school buses has resulted in injuries to our children. In this Nov 12, 2008, wreck involving Whitwell Elementary School students I believe many of the injuries could have been prevented if only there were seat belts on the bus. I have blogged on this topic in the past.
I believe the school board and the government has responsibility for these injuries by allowing a school bus on the roads without seat belts.
Liability will be determined with the help of a DriveCam video the Tennessee Highway Patrol is evaluating. You can see my earlier posts on DriveCam for more about this system. Essentially the system preserves a video clip of a few seconds before the wreck and a few seconds after the wreck.
I would encourage the families with seriously injured children involved in this tragedy to contact a lawyer that can adequately investigate and pursue the various claims and parties involved. Given significant enough injuries potential defendants would include the the drivers (apparently there was a small pickup that may have contributed to the wreck), the bus manufacturer, the operating company (probably Laidlaw as they currently have the DriveCam system installed on the school buses they operate); and the government.