June 25th, 2014|
Manufacturers of automobiles in the United States have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles they release. This is why General Motors (GM) is facing heavy scrutiny for failing to correct electrical problems in a number of their vehicles, which led to accidents that killed at least 13 motorists and injured another 54.
One of those victims was a 28-year-old woman who has filed an Indiana car accident lawsuit against GM. She claims that as she was riding in a Chevrolet Cobalt being driven by her boyfriend when the vehicle suddenly shut off. This caused the man to lose control and crash, causing the driver to lose an eye and the passenger to suffer severe facial trauma that will require several corrective surgeries.
The lawsuit argues that GM failed to take action to correct the known defect in the ignition switch that caused the vehicle to stall and is seeking damages for the harm that was inflicted upon the accident victims.
An article from The New York Times states the sheer number of cases being filed by victims of similar accidents has forced GM to settle many cases out of court in hopes of reducing the amount of money they will be required to pay.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Indiana personal injury lawyers know how costly an injury caused by a defective product can be. That’s why we are hopeful a settlement in the GM recall lawsuits will help to bring a sense of closure to the victims and their families.