General Motors named in negligence claim after fatal accident

Ben Hart Apr. 2, 2014, 12:39pm

A Texas man and his daughter are suing over claims the Saturn vehicle their relative was driving had multiple safety concerns, causing fatal injuries. 

2007 Saturn Vue
Phil Gray, individually and as representative of the estate of Carolyn A. Ratliff, and Jaime Solly filed suit March 21 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against General Motors LLC, citing negligence.

The plaintiffs claim Ratliff, Gray's wife and Solly's mother, was driving a 2007 Saturn Vue westbound on County Road 1261 on March 30, 2012, when her vehicle was stuck on the left passenger side at the intersection of FM 2661.

The suit alleges the side airbag didn't deploy and the vehicle didn't provide proper restraint even though Ratliff was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. Ratliff died in the crash, the suit states.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages, interest, court costs and all other relief the court deems proper.

They are being represented in the case by Dallas attorneys E. Todd Tracy, Stewart Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Firm.

Marshall Division of the Southern District of Texas Court Case No. 2:14-cv-00249


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Marshall Division of the Southern District of Texas Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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