Toyota Sudden Acceleration Settlement for $10 Million May Be Harbinger of Future Settlements


February 16, 2011

Toyota quietly settled a San Diego wrongful death case filed by the family of Mark Saylor who was killed in a horrific auto accident along with his wife, daughter and brother-in-law. The lawsuit is one of many that was based on reports that a vehicle suddenly accelerated out of control despite attempts to use the brakes to slow the vehicle.

Tragically, the accident victim was on the phone with emergency personnel after calling 911 to report what was happening as the fatal car accident occurred.

Witnesses said the 2009 Lexus ES 350 accelerated to more than 100 mph when it slammed into the rear end of a Ford Explorer before jumping a curb and through a fence before hitting an embankment and going airborne. The vehicle rolled several times before stopping and bursting into flames in Saylor's unintended acceleration accident. The accident received massive national media attention and led to the largest recall of motor vehicles in the U.S., which affected approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide in more than 15 recalls this year.

Toyota has blamed the sudden unintended acceleration on floor mats that get stuck on the accelerator pedal. Many auto and safety experts assert the sudden acceleration defect is really hidden in the vehicles' electronics. Toyota has been assessed three record fines totaling $48.8 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its handling of recalls. This settlement is not indicative of Toyota taking responsibility for its defective vehicles because Toyota tried to keep the amount of the settlement confidential. However, the judge who presided over the case unsealed the settlement in December and made the settlement amount public.

There are many more sudden unintended acceleration cases pending against Toyota, which has been under siege from the fines, recalls and lawsuits associated with its defective vehicles. While the amount of the settlement may not be used in subsequent cases, the settlement combined with the widespread fines and recalls should mean that Toyota has an incentive to settle many of the pending sudden unintended acceleration cases pending against it. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our lawyers represent clients who suffer serious injury or wrongful death in Georgia car accidents, including sudden unintended acceleration accidents. We are commited to providing exceptional service to each and every client, as part of our goal of being the most service-oriented and best accident law firm in Georgia.

Our experienced Georgia sudden unintended acceleration accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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