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Family sues Toyota for 2009 wrongful death

For many local residents here in Billings, Montana, Toyota is held in high regard. Toyota's lines of trucks and cars are well known throughout the world as dependable, reliable and gas-efficient. However, Toyota has also had its share of recalls in the past and faced several lawsuits.

Despite being known in the automotive industry to have cars that surpass safety ratings and are advanced in terms of their systems, a lawsuit claims that the car giant is at fault for the death of a woman in 2009. The car manufacturer is accused of omitting the brake override system in its 2006 Camry line and for failure to inform customers of what to do in case the accelerator gets stuck.

The wrongful death suit was filed by the family of the victim, who died after her car accelerated out of control and hit a tree and a lamp post. Sources say that in 2009, another car jumped the stop sign and broadsided the victim's Camry. The victim's car allegedly spun and accelerated on its own. The victim managed to avoid other vehicles and pedestrians.

Toyota representatives ruled that the accident was the fault of human error and not the company's fault. Toyota noted that the particular car model had an advanced braking system, which earned it top safety ratings. The company also stated that an override system or hand braking the car could not have prevented the collision.

The family of the accident victim is asking for $20 million in damages. The car manufacturer has settled several lawsuits in the past for various problems with its most popular line of cars. The mechanical and safety problems resulted in many recalls for the company. It is noted that previous lawsuits have claimed that Toyota cars surge unexpectedly.

Experts believe that the trial will last up to two months. This story is a reminder that victims of fatal accidents may wish to speak with a reliable wrongful death professional here in Billings. A legal professional has the proper training and expertise to provide the right advice and to assist the accident victim in obtaining justice.

Source: Washington Post, "Lawyer to seek $20 million from Toyota in wrongful death case involving sudden acceleration," Aug. 9, 2013

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