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Fatal car crash leads to wrongful death suit against Toyota

When a vehicle in California fails to operate properly, the occupants of that vehicle may be in extreme danger. It is very important for car manufacturers to make passenger safety a top priority. If someone is injured or killed because of a car defect, the car company may face a lawsuit. 

The family of a woman who died in a fatal car crash is suing Toyota for wrongful death. The woman was driving a 2006 Camry when her vehicle smashed into a tree and a light pole. An attorney for the plaintiffs stated that the Camry turned and accelerated up to 100 miles per hour after another driver failed to obey a stop sign and t-boned the vehicle. He stated that the woman tried to stop her Camry but was unable to because it lacked a brake override safety system. He told the jury that the woman was able to steer her car to avoid hitting other drivers but that she was unable to stop it.  

In a jury trial that is expected to last two months, a lawyer for the family is asking for $20 million in damages. He claims that this fatal accident could have been avoided if the car manufacturer had installed proper safety measures. Toyota stated that the crash would have happened regardless of an override safety system. Despite the fact the 2006 Camry has won top safety honors, the company has recalled millions of vehicles and agreed to pay $1 billion for other lawsuits regarding surging problems.

If you are suffering from the loss of a loved one, it is important to know that you may have legal options. If your loved one died in a fatal car accident, you may want to contact an attorney. 

Source: CBS Los Angeles, “Lawyer To Seek $20 Million In Wrongful Death Suit Against Toyota,” August 8, 2013

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