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Toyota Begins Settlement of Wrongful Death Cases

Toyota has started to settle an onslaught of claims that accused the automaker of defective cars. In recent years, many Toyota owners have reported that their vehicles accelerate unintentionally and cause serious accidents. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated and found no problems, owners report having oversized floor mats and sticky gas pedals that caused their accident.

In one case back in 2009, a San Diego family was killed in their Lexus after reaching 120mph and launching off an embankment. Law enforcement officials determined that a defective floor mat had entrapped the accelerator and caused the crash. That case settled for $10 million.

In the case that began the series of claims, the driver was traveling on a highway in Utah when the car suddenly accelerated and crashed into a wall, killing the driver and his son's fiancée. His wife and son who were also in the car at the time of the accident, were also seriously injured. Toyota settled this case and hundreds of others for more than $1 billion dollars, according to a Detroit newspaper. Though Toyota has claimed no fault, they decided to settle because it was in their best interest and the best interest of their customers. Their lead counsel explained that they didn't want to spend years in trials and appeals, but would rather settle now to save legal fees and court hassle.

This is reported to be the largest settlement in automotive history, affecting 19 million vehicle owners. Any persons who owned or leased various Toyota, Lexus, or Prius models from 1998 to 2010 may be eligible for some relief. Customers should not contact Toyota directly, but will be sent information directly. If you or someone you love has been injured or died from a car accident, then you should contact a Detroit car accident attorney from Abrahams Law. Our legal team can help you determine the amount of compensation that you deserve.