A Houston jury recently ruled that General Motors was not to blame for a car accident in 2011 that killed one driver and injured another. The plaintiff and his parents sued GM, claiming that a faulty ignition switch in his Saturn Sky jostled off, which caused him to lose control of his car and hit another vehicle, killing the driver.
GM’s defective ignition switches were prone to slipping out of the on position, which could cause those vehicles to stall and lose power. Since then, GM has fixed the problem.
The plaintiff admitted he was speeding before the accident, but still maintains that the main cause of the accident was the defective ignition switch. Instead, the jury found that the accident was caused by the driver speeding on wet roads. The man’s car hit a guardrail and went into the eastbound lane, where it struck another vehicle and killed the driver. The plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury and a skull fracture. The plaintiff was charged with manslaughter but those charges were later dropped after GM began its recalls related to the ignition switch.
GM has paid $600 million to settle claims related to the defective ignition switches from a special fund it created. The fund has refused to pay more than 90 percent of the claims it has received.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident because of an automobile defect, you have legal rights. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or learn more about us on Twitter.