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Families gather at the Capitol for a news conference in Washington on April 1, 2014. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations sought answers from GM CEO Mary Barra about a faulty ignition switch and mishandled recall of 2.6 million cars. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Bloomberg) — Zachary Stevens was a teenager headed to bible study when his Saturn Sky shot across a Texas highway into a pickup and killed the driver. Ruben Vazquez, 20, died after a drunk slammed into his stalled Chevy Cobalt on a California freeway. James Yingling III couldn’t brake or steer his Saturn Ion away from a culvert in Pennsylvania. He lingered for 17 days before dying at 35.

These are among the claims facing General Motors Co. this year, the first of hundreds demanding that GM pay for the deaths of loved ones or injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis. The raft of trials, scattered across the country, begins Monday in federal court in Manhattan. 

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