Sudden Acceleration Accidents in Georgia - Do You Have a Case?


September 16, 2010

Although it was recently reported that many of the Toyota sudden acceleration accidents were a result of driver error, sudden acceleration accidents have caused serious auto accidents and resulted in judgments against auto manufacturers as large as 80 million dollars ($80,000,000). A sudden acceleration accident occurs when a driver experiences a rapid unintended acceleration of a vehicle.

When such unintended acceleration occurs, a driver's brakes often will not prevent a serious accident that can result in catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and even fatalities. While there was a period during which courts tended to find such accidents to be a product of driver error, high profile cases in recent years have resulted in large judgments in such cases against Ford Motor Company and General Motors. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been helping those injured in serious car accidents, including sudden acceleration accidents, for over 25 years.

Sudden acceleration accidents can be the result of negligently designed cruise control systems, as with the Ford Motor Company and General Motors cases. Defective electronic throttle systems have been linked to sudden unanticipated acceleration accidents. Electronic throttle systems represent fairly new technology and are considered a leading cause of sudden acceleration. This new technology uses sensors to communicate to the motor vehicle's computer how much to open the throttle allowing air in and injecting fuel in to the engine which affects speed. This relatively new technology replaces the old system, which used a mechanical cable and was more expensive.

Because a sudden acceleration accident can involve high rates of speed and the inability to use the brakes to stop or sufficiently slow the vehicle, it can lead to serious and even life-threatening injuries. The type of serious motor vehicle accidents resulting from accidents related to high rates of speed can lead to injuries that require a lifetime of medical, nursing and rehabilitative care. We know that the cost of such medical and rehabilitative care can destroy a family financially. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we will help you seek the compensation necessary to cope with such extraordinary medical expenses.

While there have been large judgments against automakers for sudden acceleration accidents, the automakers and their attorneys aggressively defend these cases. The auto industry knows that they have had success in the past blaming such accidents on driver error, as with some of the recent findings regarding many of the Toyota acceleration accidents. If you are involved in a serious unintended sudden acceleration accident in the Atlanta area or anywhere throughout the State of Georgia, it is imperative that you immediately consult an experienced car accident attorney.  Acting quickly to preserve evidence can be extremely important.

The Georgia automotive products liability attorneys of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will carefully investigate the circumstances of the accident, including the black box in the vehicle, which may provide valuable information necessary to establish that a vehicle defect caused the sudden acceleration. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller and rural towns 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 www.montlick.com.  No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will travel to meet with you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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