Purvis v. Grant Parish School BoardAnnotate this Case
This case arose from a collision between an automobile and school bus which took place in the curve of a narrow portion of a road in rural Grant Parish. Plaintiff Shenan Smith Purvis and her passenger, Jessica Thomisee, were traveling southbound, and Jana Lashley, a school bus driver, was traveling northbound. The road had no striped centerline of demarcation. As the drivers entered the curve, the left-front portions of the two vehicles collided. Defendants, Grant Parish School Board and Jana Lashley, appealed the court of appeal's ruling that amended the district court's allocation of fault, and increased plaintiff's damage award. Upon careful consideration of the facts of this case, the Supreme Court concluded the appellate court's decision amending the district court's order was made in error. Accordingly, the Court reversed the court of appeal and reinstated the district court's judgment in its entirety.