In a recent opinion, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that the lack of seat belts in the school bus that crashed in Huntsville in 2006, killing four students, can be used in a lawsuit against the bus manufacturer. The Court’s unanimous opinion reversed a ruling by the trial judge in Madison County. That judge had ruled the issue of seat belts in school buses should be addressed by the Legislature, not the courts.
The ruling by the Supreme Court reinstated a claim against Chicago-based IC Corporation and International Truck and Engine Corporation. The Legislature has not addressed safety belts in school buses since 1986. As you may recall, the school bus, carrying 40 students to a technical school, plowed off a downtown interstate bridge and fell 30 feet. A compact car collided with the bus just before it went over the retaining wall.
Source: Huntsville Times
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