West Virginia readers may be familiar with the ongoing legal troubles from the many wrongful death claims filed against the automaker General Motors. The wrongful death claims stem from the well-publicized accidents caused by issues with certain GM vehicles. Additionally, the company has issued a massive recall regarding some of these potential risks.
Many of the individual lawsuits stem from accidents directly linked to safety issues in the vehicles. These include ignition shutoff while in operation, which would render the car inoperable. Some complainants say that the automaker knew that the cars were faulty and yet still released them to the general public. Some of these fatal or otherwise serious accidents may have occurred in the state of West Virginia.
It is believed that 12 deaths were caused by these safety issues which have appeared in several different makes and models. It is not clear how many people have been injured in these accidents. It is illegal to shield consumers from knowledge that could affect their safety, and if it is proven that General Motors did hide these risks, it could be detrimental for the company.
Surviving family members of those who died due to a safety hazard from a GM vehicle could be eligible for financial compensation from wrongful death claims. It is best to pursue this option in a timely manner and to provide adequate documentation. West Virginia residents considering claims for wrongful death or personal injury compensation should carefully evaluate all options. Victims of these safety hazards (or the families of deceased victims) do not have to suffer in silence and have the right to seek help to assess their case and determine what legal steps may be necessary to perfect a claim.
Source: Insurance Journal, Lawsuit Filed Against General Motors Over Ignition-Switch Recall Losses, Joel Rosenblatt, March 16, 2014