A Texas couple is suing General Motors alleging a lack of safety features exacerbated a crash that landed one of them in the hospital for months.
Plaintiffs Rohel Antuan Garcia and his wife, Sylvia Rodriguez, filed the suit alleging General Motors and numerous other companies are responsible for the crash that caused Garcia to suffer third degree burns to 69 percent of his body.
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CarComplaints.com reports that the lawsuit alleges GM is responsible for the crash because its car, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, crossed the center line without warning the driver.
The crash took place in February 2016 when Antonio Leyva-Monsibais was driving the Camaro and Garcia was traveling the opposite direction in a 2015 Kenworth Model T400 truck for his employer.
Defendant David De Los Santos was driving behind Garcia in a 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer when the Camaro drifted across the center line and into Garcia’s lane.
The Camaro hit the front driver’s side of Garcia’s truck, sending it off the road. De Los Santos’s truck hit the right rear of Garcia’s truck, dislodging the water tank and forcing it into the passenger cabin where Garcia was seated.
The lawsuit states the police officer investigating the crash cited two factors causing the crash: Leyva-Monsibais crossing the center line and De Los Santos striking the back of Garcia’s truck.
The fuel tank of Garcia’s truck ruptured and caught fire, inflicting third-degree burns to 69% of his body. He was taken to a burn unit where he stayed for four months. He lost his fingers and right thumb and endured months of skin grafts and other surgeries before returning home. According to the lawsuit Garcia suffers from scars, disfigurement, constant pain and depression.
Garcia’s lawsuit blames not only Leyva-Monsibais for failing to “maintain his vehicle safely in his lane” but also General Motors for not equipping the Camaro with a device to warn or prevent a driver from accidentally crossing the center line.
The lawsuit calls the Camaro “defective” and “in an unreasonably dangerous condition” because it did not contain lane departure warning or “lane keep assist” systems.
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