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.
April 1st, 2014|
Inexperienced teenage drivers are already at an increased risk of being involved in Car Accidents, but there may be another preventable hazard these drivers face on the roadway—defective car parts. Research is showing that young drivers are the most common victims of the recent GM ignition switch recall.
According to MY FOX AL 6 News, as many as 29 lives have been lost as a result of a faulty ignition switch in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles. Reports went on to explain that the manufacturer of the affected vehicles, GM, had knowledge of the defective part as long as 10 years before action was taken to correct the problem.
Of those killed as the result of driving defective vehicles, as many as 15 were under the age of 25. The affordable price of the cars combined with its high safety ranking attributed to parents purchasing the vehicle for young drivers. Parents were also key in shedding light on the vehicles’ problems by sending numerous letters to manufacturers and federal officials.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how dangerous driving a vehicle with defective parts can be, and they urge anyone harmed as the result of defective car parts to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.