August 5th, 2014|
The General Motors Corporation (GM) has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months regarding their lack of action to correct problems discovered with ignition switches installed in certain vehicle models. These defects led to crashes that have injured hundreds and left as many as 19 people dead.
Victims and their families have responded to the reports by filing civil lawsuits, including an Alabama wrongful death case filed in March 2014 against GM and Delphi Automotive—the company that supplied the faulty ignition switches to GM.
According to reports from The Jamestown Sun, the fatal crash occurred in December 2013 when the 32-year-old driver of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt lost control of the vehicle, crashed, and died. Investigators determined electrical problems were likely a contributing factor.
The victim’s father filed an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit three months later, alleging that the companies failed to ensure the safety of its vehicles. Since that time, GM has established a trust fund to reimburse those affected by the faulty parts.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Alabama personal injury attorneys knows how difficult it can be to lose a loved one unexpectedly. That’s why we are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the crash victim.
May 6th, 2014|
There are countless factors that can contribute to Birmingham car accidents, but one of the most preventable causes is defective vehicle equipment. Each year, hundreds of thousands of vehicles are recalled to correct these problems, but for many, the recall is too little, too late.
Take the cases of more than two dozen motorists who crashed their vehicles as a result of a faulty gear shifter. According to an article from FOX 6 News, General Motors recently announced that the gear shifter in an estimated 60,000 Saturn Aura vehicles may not show what gear the vehicle is in correctly. The problem has been attributed to a total of 28 crashes that resulted in four motorists suffering injuries.
GM knew about the problem for more than two years, but only made minimal efforts to correct the problem. In Nov. 2011, the company announced the affected vehicles would be subject to an extended warranty, but made no efforts to recall or correct the problem in the vehicles.
Motorists with an affected vehicle should take the car to a certified dealer to have the problem corrected. If you’ve been injured by an automotive defect, the Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest speaking with a legal professional about your rights to compensation.