The Chicago Tribune reported late last month on the settlement of a well-know car crash lawsuit.
The lawsuit stemmed from a bizarre (and infamous) accident involving an off-duty highway patrol officer, his wife, 13-year old daughter, and brother. The four travelers were on a highway last August in a loaned Lexus ES 350. Strangely the vehicle began to pick up speed and the driver was unable to slow the car down. The vehicle reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
One of the men in the car called 911 as the problem continued, hoping to get assistance. No help came, however, and the car eventually hit another vehicle before slamming into a ravine. All four people in the car were killed as a result of the accident.
A lawsuit filed against Toyota was settled shortly after the incident. The settlement documents were unsealed recently, revealing that the car-maker paid $10 million to the family of the victims.
Investigations after the crash revealed troubling information about Toyota accelerator problems. Specifically, the driver’s side doormat was found to have trapped the accelerator pedal, making it impossible for the car to stop. The company eventually recalled over 5.4 million cars over concerns about the problem. Later examination revealed that as many as 93 people may have been killed because of the error. The company was fined a record $16.4 million by the federal government for their failure to initiate a recall in a timely manner.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to fight everyday to hold negligent drivers and car companies accountable for their errors that take the lives of innocent victims. It is particularly egregious for mega-companies to delay in removing unsafe products from the markets-each day of waiting risks even more death and destruction. It is for that reason that it is important for all victims of car accidents to come forward, get in touch with a car accident attorney, and help make the roads safer in the future.
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