Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:50 PM EST2014-01-08 22:50:22 GMT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
A Montgomery-based law firm is filing another lawsuit against General Motors in connection to the automaker's recall of millions of vehicle ignition switches. The Beasley Allen law filed its first suit in March says it plans 13 additional suits in the coming days.
The law firm announced a personal injury suit Tuesday on behalf of two clients, Josh Cull and Samantha Zollman, who the firm says were seriously injured as a result of faulty GM ignitions.
Cull and Zollman were traveling through Indiana in October 2012 when the law firm says the ignition switch in Cull's 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt failed. In addition to loss of control systems, Beasley Allen says the vehicle's airbag system failed to deploy and both victims suffered severe facial injuries. Cull lost an eye and Zollman continues to undergo facial reconstruction surgeries.
The ignitions switches can unintentionally slip from the "run" to the "off" or "accessory" positions while the vehicle is in operation. In the event the ignition switch comes out of its run position, the vehicle can suddenly lose power as well as braking, steering, and other functions.
The faulty switch is blamed for numerous deaths, 13 according to GM, and possibly as many as 300 based on a new study by the Center for Auto Safety.
"Josh Cull was traveling at the speed limit when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident. It was the type of crash a person ordinarily walks away from with only minimal injuries. But because of the ignition switch defect that disabled the power steering, power brakes and the airbags, Josh and Samantha sustained serious permanent injuries. They are among the hundreds of victims who trusted GM to make and sell safe vehicles," said Beasley Allen Shareholder Mike Andrews.
Beasley Allen sent a letter to GM CEO Mary Barra asking her to waive any bankruptcy defense.
"The automaker was bailed out by American taxpayers, and in the process it failed to disclose the ignition defect, the deaths and the knowledge of liability to either the public or the bankruptcy court," said Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere Beasley. "Thus the bankruptcy judge was unaware of the known ignition defect that existed in a number of GM vehicles...and the company should now be held accountable for its grossly bad behavior."
GM has recalled more than 1.2 million vehicle due to the faulty ignition switches.
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Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
(WMC) - A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of this 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, whoMore >>
A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:39:25 GMT
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death.More >>
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:43:41 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
The cause of death for the Lincoln Co. mother and son is still unknown. An update is provided.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:37:13 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
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