Adaya v. Hayward unified school district – public entity defense verdict

In this case plaintiff, a special needs student, was struck by a passing vehicle immediately after exiting from a school bus owned and operated by Hayward Unified School District.  Plaintiff claimed that the school bus driver was negligent in allowing her to cross the street and for failing to activate the crossover light/warning arm system protocol before allowing the students to exit the bus.  She sustained a fractured femur, among other injuries and at the time of trial was still walking with assistance. Plaintiff demanded $400,000 before trial and her attorney had argued for damages exceeding a half million dollars.  Richard Jacobson represented the District and its driver, obtaining a defense verdict in Alameda County Superior Court.