This is the sort of case that will be coming up over and over again in regard to Toyota vehicles. Several lawsuits allege that many Toyota vehicles are prone to sudden acceleration, regardless of the action of the driver. The first of these cases is being heard now. Toyota’s liability for the issue could be huge.
The first case being heard, in California, is about a woman who was killed when, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf, her Toyota sped out of control as she drove it. The 66-year-old woman was said to have been hesitant to ever drive fast, but in the incident that led to her death, her car reached 100 mph in a 30 mph zone. The woman apparently pressed on the brakes and activated the hand brake on the vehicle to no avail before her car slammed into a utility pole.
Many drivers in Pennsylvania may have been affected by this issue as well. People who think they may have a dangerous car can consult with a product liability attorney to help them understand their rights and options.
Source: USA Today, “First Toyota sudden acceleration case to begin,” Greg Risling, July 21, 2013