The car had been rented from a car-sharing service in Philadelphia and was maintained by a local dealership. The accident was caused by a ball joint failure; the jurors in the case agreed with the woman who filed the suit that the dealership was at fault for failing to keep the vehicle safe.
The woman, who had been a practicing physician before the crash, was awarded more than $11 million as a result of her injuries. She suffered injuries to her skull, lung, heart, back and most significantly to one of her arms. The harm done to her left arm was severe enough that she lost almost all use of the limb. This meant that her medical practice was essentially put to a halt.
The dealership argued in court that the driver was going too fast for conditions at the time of the crash. It was raining at the time of the accident, which the dealership said contributed to the crash. However, the jury found that improper service and maintenance of the vehicle on the part of the dealership was the factor that led to the accident.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Philly jury awards $15 million to plaintiff in products liability case against Toyota,” Jon Campisi, April 5, 2013