Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, however, most people never consider the fact that a defective vehicle could lead to an incident.
A Houston woman has filed a lawsuit against General Motors in relation to a car accident in which she was critically injured. She claims that the accident was a result of a faulty ignition switch.
The 30-year-old woman filed the lawsuit against General Motors in the 189th State District Court. Along with General Motors, the suit also names Mac Haik Auto Direct, the company that sold her the vehicle, as well as Delphi Automotive, the company responsible for manufacturing the switch.
The accident occurred on U.S. 59 on Dec. 23, 2013, as the woman was traveling in her 2007 Pontiac Solstice for Christmas. Without any warning, her car spun out of control, eventually striking a tree. Due to the defective ignition switch, the car’s airbags were not deployed.
As a result of the accident, the woman suffered broken ribs, a broken back, and multiple other injuries that led to both legs being amputated.
This story shows that sometimes a car accident can occur even when a driver is following the rules of the road. This had nothing to do with a poor decision by this driver or another person on the road at the same time. Instead, the woman feels that it was the direct result of a defective ignition switch. Subsequently, she also feels that General Motors, as well as the switch manufacturer and dealer that sold her the car, should be held responsible.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, “Houston woman: GM recall notice came 2 months after crash took her legs” Carol Christian, Apr. 10, 2014