Toyota received a barrage of lawsuits when some of their vehicles developed a serious product defect that was not only dangerous but deadly. In select models, the Toyota cars had an acceleration pedal malfunction which would cause the car to speed up without any pressure being applied to the pedal. Unfortunately, it was impossible for men and women to stop the car from driving forward on its own at top speeds in these situations. For many, the acceleration defect ended in a terrible accident. There are also times that it ended in a tragic death. Recently, the Toyota Motor Corporation settled a lawsuit for the family that lost two loved ones in a sudden-acceleration crash in Utah.
According to the Associated Press, the family of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd were devastated when the two were killed in their Camry as they were on an outing together. The car suddenly zoomed forward into a brick wall and the two were killed instantly. The financial terms of the settlement in the lawsuit are still disclosed, but it serves as a test case for hundreds of similar lawsuits that are pending against Toyota. This is because many families were bereft of loved ones or many drivers were severely injured because of similar acceleration defects in their vehicles.
Because this first family was able to achieve a successful settlement, chances are that more families will now come forward with their cases in hopes of obtaining finances. If you need more information about product liability in auto accidents then you should contact Arnold & Itkin today. This Houston personal injury firm is able to help with a variety of claims including vehicle defect cases. You deserve compensation if you are injured because of another person’s mistake because you shouldn’t have to pay for expenses that could have been avoided.