Springfield, et al. v. Board of Education, et al.
In this case, multiple Plaintiffs, who were students on a school bus, brought suit alleging that the Board of Education was negligent as a result of its driver's actions, but also because the school bus was not equipped with seat belts. The Court found in favor of the Board on the seatbelt issue at the midpoint based upon evidence that Boards of Education have confronted the issue on a national level and designed the buses to provide the safest form of transportation currently available to schoolchildren. Further, the Court found that Plaintiffs did not establish that the failure to install seatbelts proximately resulted in their claimed injuries. At the close of all evidence and argument, the Court entered judgment for the Board on the entire claim noting that the bus driver acted appropriately when he was presented with an emergent situation.