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Stepfather of car accident victim protests at General Motors

A Wisconsin man recently traveled to Detroit to protest in front of General Motors headquarters. The man says that his stepdaughter was killed in a tragic car accident eight years ago in a GM automobile that had an ignition switch defect. Nevertheless, GM refuses to acknowledge his daughter's death on its official list of people who died as a result of the ignition switch problems.

The man made the 11-hour drive to Detroit in order to stand outside the front doors of the company while its shareholders had a meeting inside. He is convinced that it was ignition switch issues that caused his stepdaughter's crash. However, because his stepdaughter was riding in the backseat of the automobile, her death was not counted in GM's official statistics, which only count a total of 13 deaths caused by the defect.

A small group of people continues to protest in front of General Motors headquarters. One woman acknowledges that her 16-year-old girl was not wearing her seatbelt and had been drinking when she crashed her car. However, the mother still believes that her daughter's car accident was caused by GM's ignition switch defects.

The number of car accidents, deaths and injuries caused by defective automobiles is nothing short of tragic. Surviving victims and families of victims who have died from car accidents caused by a defective automobile may have claims for restitution against the the maker of that automobile for its negligence, failures and other improprieties. Restitution in such cases could include money to pay for medical care, end of life expenses, lost income, lost enjoyment of life and other kinds of damages.

Source: WQOW ABC18, "Western Wisconsin man protests outside GM headquarters after step-daughter's fatal crash" No author given, Jun. 11, 2014

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