GM sets aside money for victims of car accidents caused by switch

Oklahoma readers have likely heard about the many car accidents caused by faulty ignition switches in certain models of GM vehicles. These car accidents were caused by ignition switches failing while vehicles were in use, causing many accidents and fatalities. The number of confirmed deaths due to these incidents continues to rise, and it is now at 57. 

Whenever a person is injured or killed because of a defective or dangerous product, the victim and/or his or her family has the right to seek compensation. Those who have been affected by these faulty ignition switches may seek compensation from a fund that has been specifically set aside and earmarked for this reason. GM has hired a legal team to oversee claims and grant restitution to those who are eligible. 

Under the guidelines set by GM's legal team, the family of a person who died in an ignition failure accident could be eligible for a minimum of $1 million. At this point, the team has received over 4,300 claims. Documentation and evidence are reviewed for each claim before it is determined if the claim is valid. If any Oklahoma resident has been injured in an accident that may be related to this default, it may be beneficial to seek a legal opinion promptly to determine the appropriate steps to take. 

Car accidents can lead to expensive medical bills, lifelong injuries and other costs. These financial burdens should not be carried alone, especially when it is likely that external factors, such as drunk driving or dangerous car parts, contributed to the incidents. GM accident victims, or any victims of negligence or recklessness, have the right to seek compensation for their pain and suffering. 

Source: CBS News, "Death toll from flawed GM ignition switches rises", Feb. 23, 2015

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