R. Scott King, BSME ::::
Case Synopsis: The operator of a small school bus made a left turn into the path of an oncoming early model Ford Explorer. Afterward, the bus operator reported that dense fog prevented him from seeing the oncoming Ford before committing to the turn. The driver also indicated that the Ford’s lights were not activated, and thus contributed to his inability to see the vehicle.
At deposition, the Ford operator testified that his lights were illuminated even though photographs taken at the scene clearly showed the headlamp switch was off. He also provided detailed testimony regarding the operation of his vehicle’s lighting system. In particular, he testified that his vehicle was equipped with daytime running lamps (DRL) that illuminated automatically whenever the vehicle was in operation. He also testified that his vehicle was equipped with a twilight sensing system that switched the headlights on and off regardless of the headlamp switch position and further, that certain aftermarket lights also illuminated automatically.