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Toyota Settles Sudden Acceleration Lawsuit for $10 Million

December 29, 2010

Toyota has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of four people who died in a fatal unintended acceleration lawsuit involving a runaway Lexus that accelerated to over 120 mph when it crashed. The fatal traffic accident resulted in the death of an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer, his wife, their daughter and the trooper's brother-in-law. The fatal car accident focused national attention on sudden acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles and led to the recall of millions of cars and SUVs.

Unintended acceleration accidents involving Toyota vehicles have led to a slew of personal injury lawsuits, with this settlement setting the tone for other pending cases throughout the nation. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent Georgia residents seriously injured or killed in car accidents involving defective automobiles.

When a vehicle accelerates suddenly and unexpectedly, or is difficult to slow or stop, the results can be tragic. These types of accidents have been linked to cars, trucks and SUVs proven to possess mechanical, electronic, and software defects including defects in the transmission and throttle controls. Car accidents due to defective designs are not really accidents, the auto manufacturer should be held responsible for preventable injuries and deaths.

These motor vehicle accidents may be a result of a defective gas pedal, faulty transmission interlock, defective floor mat or defective electronic throttle. Automobile safety experts have identified 2000 cases in which owners of Toyota vehicles including the Camry, Prius and Lexus have reported sudden unintended acceleration of their vehicles, without warning, up to speeds of 100 miles per hour. In many cases, drivers have been adamant that their vehicle continued to surge out of control despite their foot pushing the brake pedal to the floor of the vehicle. Many car safety experts believe the problems are linked to problems in control systems installed on newer vehicles as opposed to being caused by faulty floor mats or sticky accelerator pedals. Approximately 80 percent of drivers who have experienced a sudden unintended acceleration incident insist that it was not linked to the floor mat or accelerator pedal defects.

If you or someone you love is involved in a Georgia car accident related to sudden unintended acceleration, our Georgia car accident attorneys can help you seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, property damage, permanent disabilities, and pain and suffering. Our Georgia unintended acceleration accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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