In February, General Motors announced that a defective switch would lead to a recall of more than 1.6 million cars. There were allegedly 303 deaths from car accidents in which the air bag failed to deploy due to a defective ignition switch. Unfortunately, these deaths occurred over a 10 year span in which General Motors denied its responsibility for the accidents. With increasing technology, one can never be sure of mistakes that arrive due to technological error. According to CNN, United States prosecutors will launch an investigation regarding General Motors.
In a related story, on December 31, 2009, Hasaya Chansuthus was driving her 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt in the rain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in the early morning. The accident report stated that she sideswiped another car and then crashed into a tree at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour. The airbags did not deploy during the car accident. She also struck the steering wheel, which suggested that the seat belt had not properly locked. The family did not initially know that there had been problems with the equipment.
The Importance of Contacting an Attorney
The procedure that the family took was wise. They consulted and hired an attorney. Manufacture error has been a problem with a series of car companies. If you suspect that a car accident may have involved manufacture error, the wisest measure to take is to contact an attorney. The manufacturer in the aforementioned example settled the case with the family.
An attorney will have greater resources and access to experts to help determine to what degree the manufacturer may be responsible for an accident. A company that may be partially liable for an accident will certainly want to pay as little compensation as possible for its mistake.
Another Car Company Conceals Information
Unfortunately, General Motors is not the only company under fire for not correctly handling the reporting of vehicular malfunctions. Toyota has recently agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle a U.S. investigation regarding defective equipment leading to car accidents and deaths. They also admitted to concealing information regarding defective equipment from the public. It is also not the first time that the company has had problems with withholding information from consumers that may have potentially devastating effects on their safety.
Car companies have put their profits ahead of the safety of their consumers. Even when they are confronted with evidence that shows they are responsible for accidents and deaths, they often stall and withhold information from consumers. If you or a loved one believes that vehicular malfunction led to an accident, you should contact the Appel Law Firm. While some law firms may shy away from trials, our experienced car accident attorneys do not and will only accept settlements that are in your best interests. We have experience in handling cases and settlements regarding all types of car accidents.