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Cherokee County School Bus Crash Results In Injuries

A school bus and tractor-trailer collided last week in Cherokee County, which resulted in eight people being sent to the hospital for injuries. CBS Atlanta reports that six of the eight hospitalized people in the school bus crash were children, who were being transported to Free Home Elementary School on the bus.

The crash is still currently under investigation, but some news reports say that the school bus pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer suddenly and that the driver of the trailer did everything that he could do stop or get out of the way.

Lisa Spince, a substitute bus driver, was reportedly operating the school bus at the time of the crash. Representatives of Free Home Elementary School said that their substitute bus drivers receive the same amount of training as their other drivers. Spince's driving record shows that she has more than 48 hours of classroom and hands-on training, which is more than double of what the state of Georgia requires.

As of January 4, the Georgia State Patrol was still investigating the school bus crash. Once the investigation is completed, it's possible that legal action can be taken against the party that is found at fault for the accident. Legal claims arising from motor vehicle accidents are typically governed by the concept of negligence. FindLaw states that courts will often look at a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent, including the failure to signal when turning, driving at an unsafe speed, the disobeying traffic signs or signals, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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