John M. Kirby
Bartlett v. Wayne County Board of Education -- Duty at Stop Sign
In Bartlett v. Wayne County Board of Education, an unpublished decision from May 7, 2013, the Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling in favor of a school bus driver who entered an intersection, having a stop sign, and collided with a van on the dominant highway. The case was decided by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which ruled that the bus driver was not negligent, notwithstanding that she had the stop sign. The bus driver testified that her view was impeded to the left by a sign, and there was testimony that the van was leaving a business on the highway and was attempting to pass and get around the bus. The court held that the weight and inferences from the evidence were for the finder of fact, and could not be disturbed on appeal.