Bill Berenson Injury Law is investigating claims for people who were injured or for the familes of those who were tragically killed in collisions involving GM vehicles that have been recalled due to defective ignition switches or other mechanical problems.
If you or a loved one were injured in a crash involving one of these vehicles listed below, please contact us today for a free consultation at 1-888-801-8585.
Damage Claim Filings Begin This Friday For Defective Ignition Switches
Beginning on August 1st, damage claims can be submitted for drivers who were injured or who died due to defective GM ignition switches. This office stands ready to assist you.
Over 2.6 small, often basic General Motors cars had defective ignition switches. This caused the key to suddenly turn off, shutting down the engine, brakes, steering, and air bags. Even something as minor as the driver’s knee brushing against the key ring or the vehicle hitting a pot hole could suddenly move the switch to “off” and cause a crash. It only would have cost GM 57 cents per switch to fix the problem. GM chose not to spend this paltry sum, fully aware that fatal wrecks would occur.
Lawsuits Against General Motors
Over 100 lawsuits have been filed against GM because of the defective switches. The company knew about the dangerous problem back in 2004, but chose to do nothing. It wasn’t until lawsuits were filed that the truth was uncovered.
GM has admitted that 13 people died as a result, but a leading consumer group has reported that over 300 deaths occurred — not to mention the thousands of people who have been injured, many seriously.
If someone files a damage claim, he relinquishes his right to file for damages in court, where a jury might award more compensation. GM has to be worried that verdicts will be enormous. Punitive damages alone could be astronomical.
We can evaluate your case and advise whether you should file a suit or a claim. There are other considerations, including statutes of limitation in place that limit the period of time you can file a claim or lawsuit. Legan advice is highly recommended.
Recalls And Hearings Continue
The latest problems identified are safety belts, are airbags, gearshifts and retention clips in the following vehicles: Chevrolet Traverses, 2009-2013 GMC Acadias, Buick Enclaves, 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks, 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibus, 2005-2008 Pontiac G6s, 2015 Cadillac Escalades, 2015 Chevrolet Silverados, and GMC Sierra HD pickups.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating 2008 Chevrolet Impala sedans because their airbags did not deploy. The collision kicking off this debacle happened here in Texas when a man was killed and his wife were critically injured in 2011.
The United States Senate continues to hold rare public safety hearings investigating why this giant corporation that used to brag that “Quality Is Job one” did not recall its dangerous cars for over ten years.
Affected GM vehicles:
GM has already had to issue over 60 separate recalls, bringing the number of vehicles this year to a record 29 million globally. The company has already revised its original number of those killed due to faulty ignition switches from 13 to 17 and only for Cobalts and Ions.
These models are affected:
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Chevy Cobalt 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Pontiac Solstice 2007, 2008, 2009, and -2010 Pontiac G5 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010-2011 Saturn Sky 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Chevrolet HHR 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Saturn Ion 2005-06 Pontiac G4 2007-2009 Deawoo G2X 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Opal / Vauxhall GT 2005-06 Pontiac Pursuit 2004-08 Chevrolet Malibu 2005-08 Pontiac G6 2007-08 Saturn Aura 2009-14 Buick Enclave 2009-14 Chevrolet Traverse 2009-14 GMC Acadia full-size crossovers 2009-10 Saturn Outlooks 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2015 GMC Sierra
Legal Rights of Those Who Have Been Injured by Defective Cars
Automakers like General Motors have a legal duty to produce cars that are safe and must immediately fix any known safety defects.
Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers include
* Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
* Medical expenses;
* Loss of earnings and wage earning capacity; and * Punitive damages
We Can Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured or has died as a result of the defective GM ignition switch or other mechanical problems, please contact us immediately The law imposes time limits on when you can bring suit for your injury or wrongful death claim, and if a person delays, his or her rights to seek justice are barred. Our experienced lawyers are here to fight for you and help you get the compensation that you deserve.