While the massive Toyota recalls currently underway will help save consumers lives, they came too late for some Toyota drivers, including a 77-year old woman who died from the injuries she sustained when her 2003 Toyota Camry sped straight into a building going at full speed in March 2004.
Witnesses, including the emergency medical technicians, said that the elderly victim, Juanita Grossman, was found with both of her feet still jammed on the Camry's brake pedal.
Juanita Grossman was still alive just after the accident and in the days following, she would repeat over and over again to her family that "the car ran away on me." Despite her claims and the collaboration of witnesses, Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did nothing to further investigate the crash.
Later, when insurance adjustors arrived to inspect the vehicle, a technical analyst from Toyota also took a look. According to the analyst, Juanita Grossman was at fault for the crash. It was stated that she had abused the accelerator pedal. No explanation was given as to why her feet were jammed on the brake pedal. The family contacted an attorney who investigated the inspection and found that it was lacking in several areas.
The explanation given in the end was the same one given to many other customers who have complained about Toyota vehicles experiencing unexpected acceleration. Sadly, the case was dropped, but with the recent Toyota recall, victims of similar car accidents involving recalled Toyotas may be able to recover the compensation they deserve.
If you have been in a car accident with a recalled Toyota in New Jersey or Pennsylvania it is important that you understand your rights. The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at White & Williams LLP represent accident victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, contact us today - 877- 944- 8396
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