Alabama residents may be interested to learn that GM is facing yet another wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed in another state, following the 2012 death of a man driving a 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 van. The suit was filed by the man’s parents who named General Motors and the Chevrolet dealer who sold the van to their son’s employer as defendants. They claim that the defendants failed to inform the purchaser of known defects that allegedly caused the fatal accident in which their son lost his life.
The lawsuit states that the young man was on his way home from work when he failed to stop at an intersection where he would normally turn. However, he went straight through and the vehicle apparently left the road, went through some barriers and over a concrete culvert before crossing over the interstate and coming to a halt after rolling over. The driver reportedly died at the accident scene. An accident investigation determined that the man was not impaired, nor were there any other factors that may have contributed to the accident.
The plaintiffs claim that GM had issued a communication to its dealers in 2010 that related to a malfunction that could occur due to moisture intrusion. They accuse the defendants of neglecting to inform the purchaser of potential defects that could render the electronics of the braking and acceleration systems useless. An inspection of the vehicle after the accident indicated that the braking components showed that the driver was applying pressure to the brakes at the time of the accident.
Residents of Alabama who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident that was suspected to have been caused by a defect in the vehicle may want to pursue recovery of damages incurred. They retain the right to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court, naming the manufacturers, along with the supply chain as defendants. Although one cannot put a price on the life of a loved one, any monetary judgment awarded by the court may ease the financial pressure that was brought about by final expenses, and allow the family to find closure.
Source: ocala.com, "Victim's parents file suit against GM, dealer", April Warren, Aug. 18, 2014