Most personal-injury lawsuits that result from car accidents are directed at a driver who was driving recklessly or negligently and caused the accident. Defensive driving techniques can help you avoid accidents with distracted drivers, but there’s not much you can do if the company that manufactured your car was negligent.
That’s the topic of a new report from NY Daily News. The story takes place nine years ago, when Amber Marie Rose died in a car accident.
After an investigation, it was determined that Rose would most likely have survived the crash if her airbag deployed, but a defect in the car’s design prevented that from happening. It seems logical that the company that engineered the car, General Motors (GM) in this case, would issue a recall to prevent other accidents from occurring.
Fast-forward seven years—and at least 35 deaths later—and GM finally issued a recall for an issue they learned about in 2005.
Rose’s Death May Not Have Been Prevented, But What About The Other 35?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation into the issue to determine if GM should have issued the recall after Rose’s death. Her mother, Laura Christian, spoke out about the recall, saying that she is outraged that it didn’t come sooner. Since the tragedy, Christian pours her efforts into reforming the laws that govern car manufacturers and recalls.
The defect affected a total of six car models that GM manufactures and is likely to have caused many unreported deaths in the past seven years. The recall cited the fact that if the key in the ignition was attached to a heavy key ring, the engine could unexpectedly shut off, cutting power to the airbags, which is exactly what happened in Rose’s accident.
There is no excuse for knowingly exposing another person to a danger. Whether an injury results from a distracted driver, a negligent company or a reckless doctor, we help the victim find justice. At Duboff & Associates, we have more than three decades of experience, so if you are looking for an accident lawyer in Baltimore, Call Us At 443-912-0002 Today!
The Families Of Those Killed After Rose Could Have Grounds To File A Wrongful-Death Lawsuits
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit is never easy. It’s often difficult for family members to relive the accident that led to their loved one’s death, and most of the trials are very emotional.
However, these cases can provide justice for the deceased and may aid in the recovery process by lending closure to the event itself. If the NHTSA investigation determines that GM should have issued a recall in a more timely fashion, the company could receive many wrongful-death claims against them.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of a large company, don’t be intimidated. Instead, call us. At Duboff & Associates, our team of attorneys has more than 50 years of combined experience, so you can count on us to give you sound legal advice and aggressive representation. To schedule a free consultation, Call Us At 443-912-0002 Today!