Four adults and one child were killed in an Ontario car accident on New Year’s Eve after a Toyota Yaris going east on the 10 Freeway veered off the Vineyard Avenue off-ramp and T-boned a red Toyota sedan.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, all the four occupants of the Toyota sedan were pronounced dead at the scene.
They were identified as Anthony Andrew Flores, 30, of Hemet; Monica Marie Flores, 37, of Arcadia; Matthew Joseph Pusateri, 29, of Mission Viejo; and Jeffrey Albert Willey, 29, of Huntington Beach. A 7-year-old boy in the Yaris, identified as Michael Pineda of Van Nuys, also succumbed to his injuries.
The others in the Yaris, two juveniles and one adult, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Officials say a “problem with the Yaris” may have caused the crash.
Officials said the Yaris “began to accelerate uncontrollably” as it went east on the 10 Freeway. Unable to stop or slow down the car, the driver went onto the Vineyard Avenue off-ramp from where the car veered and hit the sedan. Officials said alcohol or drugs were not factors in the crash.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this terrible and tragic crash. We offer our deepest condolences to the families that have lost loved ones in this crash.
We wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »
As we previously reported, a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation began in a Los Angeles court on August 8, 2013, and is expected to last about two months. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the case involved the death of Noriko Uno, a woman whose 2006 Toyota Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tree. The 2009 accident occurred in Upland, east of Los Angeles, when another driver went through a stop sign and broadsided Uno’s car at slow speed. This case is the first involving the Toyota sudden acceleration issue to go to trial in state court. The plaintiffs, in this case, Uno’s family members, are seeking $20 million in damages from the automaker. …Read the rest »
The first Toyota sudden acceleration lawsuit is set to go to a jury trial in Los Angeles. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of 66-year-old Noriko Uno of Upland, whose 2006 Toyota Camry accelerated out of control to speeds of up to 100 mph and crashed into a telephone pole and tree.
According to a news report in The Associated Press, Uno stepped on the brake pedal and pulled the emergency handle as she swerved to avoid other vehicles, but could not stop the accelerating Camry.
Toyota Motor Corporation has won final approval of a settlement, in connection with a class-action lawsuit, valued at $1.63 billion with U.S. consumers who claimed that recalls related to sudden unintended acceleration caused their vehicles to lose value.
According to a Bloomberg News report, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna signed off on the settlement during a hearing in Santa Ana on July 19, 2013. The judge had previously put off a decision until he could get further documentation about how the money would be distributed. Judge Selna remarked during the hearing that the judgment is “fair, adequate and reasonable” and that every single dollar in the cash fund will go to claimants. …Read the rest »
Attribution: December 2012 — This article is the syndication source of a recently released press release from Bisnar Chase.
California auto defect liability lawyer comments on settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit [Case number: 8:10ML2151 JVS (FMOx) United States District Court for Central District of California] in which Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay more than $1 billion. According to a Dec. 26 report in The New York Times, the lawsuit is related to unintended acceleration issues in its vehicles.
Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit [Case number: 8:10ML2151 JVS (FMOx) United States District Court for Central District of California] related to unintended acceleration in some of its vehicles.
According to a Dec. 26 news report in The New York Times, the settlement was filed in a Federal District Court in California and is the largest of its type in automotive history. If the agreement is approved by Judge James V. Selna, the Japanese automaker will make cash payments for the loss of value on vehicles affected by several recalls and install special safety features in up to 3.2 million cars, the report states.
This class-action case was the largest legal action related to economic losses by car owners even as there are still individual personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits pending against Toyota and an unfair business practice case brought by the attorneys general of 28 states, the NY Times reports. This particular class-action lawsuit was filed in 2010 after numerous consumers lodged complaints to federal regulators that Toyota vehicles were accelerating suddenly and causing accidents injuries, the article states.
Under the proposed settlement, Toyota will create a fund of $250 million to pay claims to former vehicle owners who were affected by the recalls. In addition the company has also agreed to install brake override systems to prevent sudden or unintended acceleration, the NY Times reports. Toyota recalled more than 8 million vehicles in the United States for sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats that could cause the vehicles to accelerate suddenly and also paid up more than $60 million in government fines for failing to issue a timely recall, the report states.
This class-action settlement, if approved by the judge, will be a major victory for consumers’, says John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm. “Toyota has already spent millions defending a multitude of lawsuits. The company’s brand image has taken a serious blow as well.”
‘Hopefully, this class-action lawsuit will become an example for other auto manufacturers’, Bisnar said. “I hope they will look at this case and resolve to do things differently. That is how we as consumers have benefited from this class-action lawsuit and this is exactly how a class-action lawsuit is supposed to work. The real purpose of class-action lawsuits is to keep negligent corporations in check and hold them accountable for their actions.”
About Bisnar Chase
The California auto product liability attorneys of Bisnar Chase represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to a car accident, defective product or negligence throughout California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury and defective product cases, involving car accidents, work related injuries, dog attacks and defective products.