The Tennessean reports that the it is not the City of Chattanooga, the school district, or Hamilton County that owns the bus involved in the Chattanooga crash but rather a private company out of Illinois.
It that is correct, the cap on damages applicable to governmental entities discussed in my previous post will not apply and general Tennessee damages law will be applicable.
There are artificial limits on damages that may be awarded by a judge or jury in personal injury and wrongful death cases but they are not by any means as limiting as those against governmental entities.
Much is still unknown about the cause of this tragedy. However, if the information in the Tennessean is correct these families will not facing the horrific limits on responsibility granted to government entities.