The most recent reports indicate that 77 fatalities have now been linked to ignition switch defects associated with General Motors (GM) vehicles. In addition, 141 people suffered injuries in car accidents caused by these defective autos.
GM established a fund to compensate victims after millions of their defective vehicles were recalled in 2014. There were 4,342 claims filed by the January 31, 2015 deadline. GM officials are still reviewing more than 1,200 of these claims. According to a spokesperson, more than 50% of the claims lacked the proper documentation to qualify for compensation.
It is likely that in the coming months, additional deaths will be linked to these ignition switch defects, which caused vehicles to lose power while driving at full speed. Information revealed that GM was aware of the issue for more than a decade, but failed to take the necessary action to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers in their vehicles.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a defective GM vehicle, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. Mickey Fine has more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of car accident victims in the Bakersfield area, and he’ll stand by your side every step of the way to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine using the form at the right side of the page or call (661) 333-3333 today to schedule your free car accident consultation. Mr. Fine serves clients in the Bakersfield, California area.