Last Thursday, our Illinois auto accident lawyers saw that M.KnoxNews.com posted an article online that discussed how car manufacturer Toyota is being sued for a fatal car accident. A Marine veteran was killed in the crash when he lost control of his Toyota vehicle, crossed over many lanes, and eventually ran off of the road, hitting a sign. The car was heavily damaged, and the Marine was killed at the scene.
The family of the Marine is suing Toyota for the automobile manufacturer’s electric throttle system. The electric throttle system is said to be responsible for “unintended acceleration from Toyota owners over recent years,” while also claiming “Toyota could have solved the problem by installing a break override system used in European models.” The car manufacturer denies that they were responsible for the fatal car accident.
After reading this article, our Chicago car accident attorneys wanted to let our readers know that filing a defective product lawsuit, such as the lawsuit against Toyota, can help victims and families receive fair compensation for their resulting injuries, or even fatalities. Being involved in a car accident caused by a car’s defective design can result in expensive medical fees, doctor appointments, hospital visits, and a temporary or even a permanent leave from work.
This accident is a strong example of how improperly designed vehicles can lead to serious accidents. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers have seen this devastation, having represented a victim in a similar case that settled for $3 million against a confidential car manufacturer. Our lawyers found that the negligent automobile manufacturer improperly designed the victim’s vehicle’s fuel delivery system. After a head on collision, the improperly designed fuel delivery system led to a fuel-fed fire and resulted in the death of all passengers in the car.
Although according to the report, Toyota has not had any recall in regards to the electric throttle system, there have been other recalls on different Toyota products and parts. Earlier in 2011, there was an investigation of the electronic throttle system, however it only recalled the sticky pedal of some cars. At Levin and Perconti, we encourage our readers to get their cars checked regularly for any abnormalities, and also remain aware of any recalls related to your vehicle. Recalls.gov is a great source of information for finding out the latest news on Government recalled products, including vehicles.