Toyota Settles on the Eve of Trial in Sticking Accelerator Case

by Monty Yolles on February 4, 2013

Toyota recently agreed to settle the first of a group of hundreds of pending wrongful death and personal injury claims against the car manufacturer.  Hundreds of plaintiffs claimed their Toyota vehicles accelerated unintentionally, resulting in serious injuries to drivers and passengers.

The settled case was brought by the family of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd.  The two were killed in 2010 when their Camry accelerated and slammed into a wall in Utah.

The amount of money involved in the settlement was not disclosed.

According to a Toyota spokesperson, the remaining lawsuits are still pending and not affected by the settlement.  A Toyota statement says that the company will still “have a number of other opportunities to defend [their] product at trial.”

In 2010, before the current wrongful death and personal injury cases related to unintentional acceleration were consolidated in the U.S. District Court, Toyota settled another previous wrongful death lawsuit for $10 million.  In that case, a state police officer and three of his family members were killed when their vehicle reached speeds of more than 120 m.p.h., hit an SUV, left the roadway, rolled over several times, and burst into flames.

More than 14 million vehicles have been recalled and a flood of lawsuits has ensued, with numerous complaints of unintentional accelerations in several Toyotal-made models, along with alleged brake defects in the Prius hybrid.

Toyota blames driver error, faulty floor mats and stuck accelerator pedals for the problems.

At the Yolles Legal Group, we are dedicated to restoring people’s lives and will seek justice for those injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a potentially defective Toyota, Toyota-made Lexus, or other vehicle, contact the Yolles Legal Group for a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.

Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney.  Let us review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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