10 Sep John Haynes and 13 year old minor v. Anonymous Trucking Company
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY SETTLEMENT OF $1,690,000
John Haynes was the 71 year-old driver of a school bus transporting students from a softball game when it was hit by a tractor trailer as he left the Alexander City Middle School parking lot. Mr. Haynes and his 13 year-old granddaughter, who was his last passenger, sustained injuries in the collision. The girl was thrown through the windshield of the bus where her foot got tangled with a mirror preventing her from falling under the bus. The investigation revealed that the tractor trailer driver had been diagnosed with glaucoma and failed to properly treat his symptoms for many years, yet remained employed as a driver even as his eyesight deteriorated. In addition, pretrial discovery revealed that the tractor trailer driver had been involved in another at-fault accident driving for the same trucking company, yet he was allowed to continue his employment. Mr. Haynes received a compression injury to his heart but did not undergo any surgery. His granddaughter, miraculously, escaped serious injury.