There has been much hype regarding the recent auto recall by General Motors for defective ignitions, as many residents in West Virginia are well aware. The recall has resulted in at least one wrongful death lawsuit being filed in another state. This comes roughly eight years after a car accident that took the lives of two girls and injured another.
In 2006, three teenage girls were in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. They were traveling on the highway when the vehicle lost power and the steering suddenly froze. The vehicle ended up flying through the air and striking into two trees and a telephone pole. Unfortunately, the girls were not wearing their seat belts and the airbags did not deploy.
After the fatal collision, parents and family members did some investigating to try to determine what went wrong. Eventually, they tried to make peace with the fact they might never find answers that satisfied them. However, they did think it was strange when investigators found that the vehicle’s ignition switch was not in “run” but was actually in the “accessory” position. With the recent recall from General Motors, they have likely found the answer to what truly caused the accident so many years ago.
N, the families of the girls have filed a wrongful death suit against the vehicle manufacturer. One of the girls was in a coma for 11 days following the accident before she passed away and another suffered nearly 40 separate injuries before passing away within hours of the accident. The driver of the vehicle survived, although she was seriously injured and has no memory of the accident. These families are likely seeking a variety of damages, including medical expenses, burial expenses and emotional anguish, which is something many auto defect victims in West Virginia may want to consider.
Source: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, General Motors recall spurs lawsuit over fatal 2006 Wisconsin accident, Gitte Laasby, March 22, 2014