A series of lawsuits against Toyota are scheduled to begin in California toward the end of this year and into the start of 2013. The auto giant is defending claims concerning a sudden and unintended acceleration issue in many of its Camry models. These acceleration problems are said to have caused car accidents resulting in serious injuries and even wrongful death. Indeed, Toyota launched a recall of nearly 8 million vehicles across the U.S., starting in 2009.
The recall prompted hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death claims linked to this sudden and unintended acceleration. In one specific case, it is claimed that a woman's Camry suddenly accelerated and caused the vehicle to leave the road and strike a telephone pole, resulting in the woman's death. Toyota has also been accused of causing danger to Camry drivers by intentionally selling vehicles with this alleged malfunction, although it is yet to be determined whether this was a true manufacturing error or if Toyota was aware of a problem at the time these vehicles were distributed and sold.
Sometimes a car accident is simply an accident; however, some form of negligence is often involved in many collisions. Such may be a possibility in the injury and wrongful death claims against Toyota for the acceleration issues.
To think that a fatal accident took the lives of innocent people because of a possible manufacturing error is a sad and scary thought. Those California residents owning or driving a Toyota Camry, or who know of someone using such a vehicle, would do well to learn the facts and take appropriate action in circumstances where the car may be suspected of having the acceleration problem. In such instances, the problem must be addressed immediately and those affected may benefit from understanding the relevant law and procedures as it applies to their specific situation.
Source: Bloomberg, "Toyota First Trial Scheduled in California Acceleration Case," Edvard Pettersson, March 6, 2012