Toyota must pay $11M in personal injury lawsuit
Get Your Free Case Review
Home | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents | Toyota must pay $11M in personal injury lawsuit

Toyota must pay $11M in personal injury lawsuit

| Feb 6, 2015 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

We often mention that lawsuits could be a possibility following a  car accident. These lawsuits are filed against parties whose negligence is deemed to have played a role in the accident. Sometimes lawsuits are filed against drivers of other cars involved in the incident. Other times however they are filed against automobile makers for defects found in the vehicles. A case involving a fatal crash allegedly due to a vehicle defect was recently resolved in a neighboring state. While the crash did not occur in Wisconsin, the outcome of the case could have a bearing on others throughout the nation. 

The lawsuit named the maker of one of the vehicles involved in the crash–Toyota–as a defendant. The basis of the case was that a defect with the accelerator of the car caused the crash to occur. More specifically the accelerator became stuck while at the same time the brakes did not work. Though the 1996 Camry in question was not involved in the recall of Toyota vehicles for that same reason in 2009 and 2010, a jury nonetheless determined that Toyota was 60 percent liable for the incident. The other 40 percent liability was placed upon the driver of the Camry who earlier served several years in prison for vehicular homicide.

As a result of that liability, Toyota was ordered to pay close to $11 million to the plaintiffs.

Readers should take away from this recent decision the fact that when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit following a crash, it is important to look at all potential defendants not just the driver. On some occasions other individuals, and even entities, can play a role.

Archives

Categories

– Why Hire Nicolet Law? –

Get An Experienced Lawyer On Your Case

We’ve helped thousands of clients with a wide range of legal needs. Let us put the skills and experience we’ve gained along the way to work for you!

Get Our App!

Get our convenient, secure app to
send us legal documents and pay your bill. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

More Than

Million Recvered for our clients

Over

Clients Helped

More Than

Years In business

Over

Years of Combined Experience

What Our Clients Say About Us

powered by BirdEye

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

From Our Blog

Road construction results in more dangerous roads

The summer season calls many people on to the streets. In addition to regular traffic, road tripping, family vacations, and...

Uninsured personal injury claims

Insurance is the safety-net that nearly anyone that becomes a victim of an accident needs to recover from the damages. The...

BSA Files for Bankruptcy Following Sex Abuse Scandal

Since its inception in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has become synonymous with American boyhood. In recent years,...

The Advantages of Hiring a Local Attorney

Who Needs an Attorney? Most people never think about needing an attorney. Nevertheless, situations will inevitably arise in...