Nicole Ford’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Ford was one of four Lee High School students that died when their school bus crashed in November.
The wrongful death lawsuit targets the bus company Laidlaw, the bus driver and the 17-year-old driver of the Celica involved.
There are still many unanswered questions by many parties involved… Anthony Scott, the bus driver, was not wearing his seatbelt according to the lawsuit. If he had been wearing one, would he have been able to control the bus from plunging off the interstate?
The suit also brings to attention the issue of seatbelts for the passengers. They are required for bus drivers, but why not for students? Also mentioned in the suit is the Celica driver but it doesn’t elaborate on any specific fault of the driver.
We spoke with one of the law firms representing Fletcher this afternoon. “We have clear liability, [the] manufacturer of the bus,” says Attorney Jere Beasley.
He says the safety of the children riding the school bus must be a top priority.
“It’s really a national issue because we have been contacted by people all across the country, a lot of groups that deal specifically with school children. We think it’s going to get a great deal of national attention. It will get a lot of attention in our court system but also the legislature.”