Even as an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney there are still some news stories that elicit an audible response from me as I read them. This was one of those stories. Three children were injured in McDowell County, Virginia (VA) when a coal truck smashed into the church bus they were riding on. How in the world did the driver of the coal truck not notice a bus full of children? Well, that’s what happens when you drive a 10-ton truck drunk.

The driver is now charged with DUI causing bodily injury, reckless driving, failure to maintain control, defective equipment, and DUI causing property damage. Drunk driving is an epidemic on the roads of Virginia (VA).  But this is a new low even for a drunk driver. Operating such a large heavy vehicle while impaired is a new level of negligence that could have ended much more tragically. When a vehicle as massive as a coal truck is operated in a negligent, irresponsible manner, the ramifications can be devastating, as evident by several other truck wrecks we have written about.

If your child has been injured by a drunk driver we suggest that you view our guide to children injuries. As the parent or guardian, being prepared to handle this situation will help ensure you and your family receive proper compensation to help cover large medical bills, any permanent scarring or brain damage to your child, and pain and suffering.