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G.M. recall prompts former owners to ask tough questions

When a serious accident occurs, everyone who is affected by it can experience psychological trauma associated by the event in addition to their physical injuries. Many accident victims grapple with the ordinarily unanswerable question “Why me?” Eventually, most accident victims must process and move through these psychological scars because in most cases there are no real answers that can be given as to why motor vehicle accidents occur.

From a legal standpoint, answers ordinarily surface in the guises of, “The other driver was drunk,” or “The other driver was texting while driving.” These conclusions help to determine fault and liability for harm that befalls accident victims. However, these answers almost never fully satisfy victims who want to know how they specifically could have possibly avoided suffering harm as a result of another’s negligence.

Unfortunately, many former G.M. model owners are asking themselves very, very difficult questions in the wake of a recall scandal that asserts G.M. was aware of potentially deadly defects for years. Unlike distracted or drunk drivers, G.M. could have warned vehicle owners of the dangerous defects in their product and could have saved them heartbreak.

It is now up to former G.M. owners who may have been harmed as a result of these models’ defects to either sue the auto manufacturer or not. This is an unquestionably tough decision and an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accidents can help to advise you of your legal options. But ultimately, only you can decide whether or not you want G.M. to answer questions for you that once seemed unanswerable.

Source: The New York Times, “Huge Recall by G.M. Sets Off Painful Questions on Crashes,” Frances Robles, March 12, 2014

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