11/17/2008The widow of a man from Cherokee County, Oklahoma who died from the personal injuries he sustained in a crash two years ago has filed suit against an auto manufacturer seeking damages for alleged defects in the vehicle was prevented his survival in the crash.
On June 10, a suit was filed by Terri Ragsdale, the administrator of the estate of Raymond Lee Ragsdale, against General Motors Corp.
On June 10, 2006, Raymond Ragsdale was driving a 1997 GMC Sonoma pickup truck that rolled several times and ejected him, resulting in his death.
According to the suit, the truck was in substantially the same condition at the time of the crash as it was upon the initial sale.
The suit alleges that GMC failed to:
• Properly design the vehicle so that in the event of “reasonably foreseeable” head-on collision that would be expected to result in personal injury, a driver’s side front air bag would deploy.
• Employ a proper sensing system in the vehicle that would trigger the deployment of the driver’s side front air bag in the event of “reasonably foreseeable” head-on collision that would be expected to result in personal injury.
• Warn that in the event of a head-on collision that the driver’s side front air bag would not deploy.
• Properly design the driver restraint system of the vehicle to mitigate the forces that cause personal injury in a frontal crash.
• Properly design the glass in the side front windows in a way that would cause them to shatter upon impact.
• Properly design the vehicle with adequate stability.
• Properly design the roof and its supporting structures, causing it to collapse with rollover.
The suit also claims that Terri Ragsdale has suffered loss of love and affection from her husband in addition to his financial support. The suit also claims that she has incurred medical, funeral, and burial expenses.
Ragsdale has filed for damages in excess of $10,000 plus court costs, interest, and other relief.
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