One car accident injury claim this April is a big problem for General Motors. It’s likely that this lawsuit will lead to many more as a result of the latest motor recall for faulty ignition switches.
Megan Phillips was driving with friends in her Chevrolet Cobalt when the car suddenly lost power, then crashed. The two friends died in the crash — Phillips has multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. Investigations of the crash have shown that there was an issue with the ignition switch. By putting weight on a key ring (such as the weight of other, attached keys) along with jostling from vehicle motion can cause the ignition to switch from “run” to “accessory,” shutting off the engine and brakes as well.
The lawsuit, which was filed on March 20 in Minnesota, also notes that the Cobalt’s airbags failed to deploy during the accident. Brain trauma can be one of the worst injuries to experience during a crash, since it can impact other parts of the body and can be complex to diagnose. The current lawsuit is being brought by Phillips along with the trustees representing the other passengers who died in the accident.
Suing the right party could become complicated given GM’s company re-organization, which happened back in 2009. Other reports suggest that as many as 13 deaths have resulted from the faulty ignition switch.
What You Should Know About Moving Forward With Car Accident Settlements Like This
- You don’t always need to hire auto injury attorneys, but they will be necessary if an insurance company denies you the money you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, et cetera.
- Car accident lawyers will usually work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will only require payment if they win the case for you, in which case it will be anywhere from 25% to 40% of car accident settlements totals.
- You don’t need to accept the initial offer the insurance company puts forth. Their calculations might not take into account the expenses you’ve had to deal with, or will realistically have to deal with in the future. If you suspect that your settlement offer isn’t enough, that is when you should consult with a personal injury accident lawyer.
- As the Phillips case shows, it can be difficult to figure out who, exactly, you need to be suing: the driver, the insurance company, the vehicle manufacturer? Suing the wrong party, or entering your case in the wrong court, could get your entire lawsuit thrown out.
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