GM agrees to pay $575M in settlement for defective ignition switch lawsuits

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. has agreed to pay $575 million in order to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits- including personal injury and wrongful death cases- which have been filed against the automaker over defective small-car ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths across the country.

The company announced on Thursday, September 17 that it has reached an agreement with Texas personal injury lawyer Robert Hilliard to settle the combined 1,385 death and injury cases that were filed in connection to vehicular accidents caused by the faulty ignition switches.

The money will also be used to settle a 2014 class action lawsuit launched by shareholders who alleged that GM’s negligence over the defective ignition switches lowered the value of their stocks.

Companies that grow and get large by profiting off of dangerous or defective products should be held liable for their actions. Launch a product liability suit or personal injury suit in Dallas by hiring the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today.

Dallas ordered to pay $215,000 to injured garbage truck driver

Michael Enriquez, a garbage truck driver for Phoenix, Arizona-based solid waste disposal company Republic Services was injured when he was run over by a bulldozer at the Dallas, Texas-owned McCommas Bluff Landfill on Oct. 11, 2012. Due to injuries from the accident, Enriquez has been unable to work since the day of the incident. He and his attorneys at the Dallas City Attorney’s office are asking for $215,000 from the Dallas City Council.

In a written item of agenda, the Dallas City Attorney’s Office noted that “it is in the best interest of the city to settle the claims of Manuel Enriquez in this case”. City attorneys and Enriquez’s own legal counsel agreed to the specified amount above during court-ordered mediation prior to a November 2015 trial for the lawsuit filed against the city on July 1, 2014.

Our personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand that being hurt in a personal injury accident can be a devastating experience, especially when amassing multiple injuries and being subjected to expensive medical bills. Call our offices today to find out what we may be able to do for you if you were injured in such an accident.

Entergy settles electrocution suit

Electrical utility Entergy Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Entergy Corp., reached a settlement in a personal injury lawsuit filed by Montgomery County resident Fernando Ponce against the company, whose trial was scheduled for March, the Southeast Texas Record reported on February 3.

Ponce was seeking more than $1 million in the lawsuit he filed on July 16, 2013 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming he suffered from an electrical shock in his Conroe home on July 18, 2012 due to Entergy’s allegedly ill-maintained power lines.

In a Dec. 16, 2014 counter and motion for summary judgment in the part of Entergy, it was claimed that Ponce had been cleaning his yard at the time of the incident and touched the overhead power line with a 20-foot angle iron, directly causing his own electrocution and absolving Entergy of all responsibilities relating to the accident.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, you may face outstanding medical expenses and other damages in addition to physical and emotional recovery. Pursue financial restitution from those responsible for your plight with the help of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.

Drunk driving victim dies after five years in near-vegetative state

Eight-year-old Dallas resident Abdallah Khader, who was crushed in a vehicular accident in 2009 by repeat drunk driving offender Stewart Richardson, died on January 11 after spending years in a near-vegetative state, WFAA-TV reported.

The car crash in Arlington almost six years ago made Khader nearly brain dead. Khader had been strapped into his car seat, just two years old at the time, when Richardson crashed into their family vehicle. Richardson’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.

Richardson, who has since then been detained in a Tarrant County jail, has yet to undergo trial due to delays instigated in an effort to enhance his punishment by including driving while impaired charges in other states.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand that dealing with the aftermath of personal injury accidents can be painful, especially if the accident resulted in the loss of a loved one. Our personal injury attorneys fight on behalf of victims for restitution from those responsible. Call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today to discuss your case.

Deaths continue on under-maintained Texas highways

Lack of funding for highway projects in Texas has resulted in an increase of highway accidents and fatalities, Bloomberg reported on October 13.

West Texas in particular has experienced an influx of workers in recent years due to the oil fields in Odessa and Midland. The roads, unfortunately, were not built to handle this additional traffic, and fatalities in 2013 were at a 157% increase from 2009. An earlier plan to install an overpass at East Yukon Road and State Loop 338, a dangerous intersection in Odessa, failed to come to fruition due to lack of funding for infrastructure. The situation in Odessa is a small-scale example of Texas’ large-scale infrastructure problem.

The Dallas attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand that lack of highway maintenance has a real effect on vehicular accidents in Texas. If you have experienced an accident due to a reckless driver, highway defect, or another negligent party, call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today, and learn about your options for legal recourse.

Direct collision in Austin kills two

At around 5:40 a.m. on June 21 along the 12000 block of West U.S. Route 290 in Austin, two vehicles collided head-on, KXAN News reported.

The accident occurred near the line between Travis and Hays County in southwest Austin. Two men, each the driver of the cars involved, died as a result of the collision, while the two passengers involved were seriously injured. The critically injured female adult was brought to the University Medical Center-Brackenridge from the accident site, while the child was immediately transported to the Dell Children’s Hospital in serious condition.

Police investigators are still in the process of sorting out the details surrounding the incident. Authorities are investigating the wide range of potential factors that could have contributed to the tragic occurrence of this fatal two-vehicle collision.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are deeply sorry for this loss and send their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this accident.

Tractor-trailer hits van, kills two

Seventy-one-year-old Alvarado resident Imelda Medinademacias and 44-year-old Chicago, Illinois local Silvia Macias died on the evening of June 2 when the 2000 Chrysler Town and Country they rode in was hit by a tractor-trailer, the Crowley Star reported.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Dub Gillum, the women’s van was headed east on Farm to Market Road 917 when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer owned by 3-Star Daylighting, a Cresson-based trucking company. The van had slowed down in order to turn left, and the driver of the truck, 32-year-old Wesley Lopez, was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. The speed limit of the road was 60 mph.

The driver of the Chrysler, 20-year-old Crystal Medina, sustained serious injuries in the incident and was brought to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. At the time of the report, she was in stable condition.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send their condolences to the friends and family suffering from this tragic loss.

Woman in critical condition after Bryan accident

A woman is in critical condition after being involved in a two-vehicle accident on the afternoon of May 24 along Briarcrest Drive and Highway 6 in Bryan, Texas, police authorities said in a KBTX-TV article.

A young boy riding as a passenger in the car at the time of the accident was also badly injured in the incident. According to police investigations, an eastbound truck along Briarcrest Drive struck the southbound car that contained the woman and child on the service road. The woman was brought to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan while the young boy was taken via helicopter to Dell’s Children Hospital in Austin. The boy’s condition has stabilized.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas handle personal injury cases including vehicular accidents, wrongful death, and medical malpractice, among others. If you wish to take legal action against someone who has caused you harm, call our offices today at (214) 457-1668.

GM recalls 13.6 million U.S. vehicles this year

General Motors Co. recalled 2.4 million vehicles in the United States on May 20, increasing the total number of vehicles recalled by GM this year to 13.6 million, KTTV Los Angeles reported on May 20.

The most recent recall consisted of 1.3 million older-model crossovers that have faulty front seat belts and 1 million sedans with problematic gear shift cables.

Included in this group were 1,075,102 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu (2004-2008 model years) and Pontiac G6 (2005-2008) recalled due to a transmission cable that may break, causing the driver to be unable to shift gears. At least 18 accidents and one injury have been connected to the faulty 4-speed Malibu and G6 vehicles.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, we are devoted to holding accountable those manufacturers who disregard customers’ safety when they market products that do not adhere to a standard of excellence. Call our offices today.

Woman killed in Dallas car collision

A two-vehicle accident in Dallas on Thursday, February 27 resulted in one death.

According to a spokesman from the Dallas Police Department a maroon Dodge Durango ran a red light and collided with a blue Chevrolet Impala.

Kiara Lewis, a passenger of the Impala, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital. Doctors administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation but it wasn’t effective.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman, Jason Evans, said the other adult and two children in the Impala were in stable condition. Police investigators are still investigating factors that may have contributed to the crash.

The driver of the Durango is facing a criminally negligent homicide charge.


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