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The family of a man killed in a tragic 2012 car accident is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a nearby Chevrolet dealer and General Motors. The suit seeks approximately $15,000 in damages.
The accident occurred in August 2012, when 22-year-old Stephen Stutzman’s vehicle unexpectedly accelerated to a high speed and veered onto Interstate 75. The vehicle, a van belonging to Stutzman’s employer, reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour as it traveled through a fence, over a cement culvert, over an embankment and across I-75’s northbound lanes. It eventually came to a stop against a railing after it had flipped upside down. Stutzman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to toxicology reports, Saltzman was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol when the crash occurred. His vision was not obscured, according to a police investigation, and there are no known distractions or environmental dangers that might have contributed to the accident. The lawsuit alleges that the Chevrolet van had a defect that caused it to unexpectedly accelerate and simultaneously prevented the brakes from working. This claim is supported by the fact that after the accident, the brake master cylinder assembly plunger, hydro-boost and primary/secondary pistons were found in the forward positions, indicating the van was braking at the time of the crash.
The suit alleges that GM was negligent, as the company was responsible for safely and effectively testing, manufacturing, distributing and marketing the van.
After a serious auto accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation to cover your medical bills and other expenses. For more information and guidance, work with an experienced Sarasota car accident attorney.