Atlanta Sudden Acceleration Attorneys
Sudden Acceleration of a Vehicle Causing a Car Accident
From 2009 to 2011 Toyota issued a massive recall for a number of automobiles with one frighteningly similar issue: sudden and uncontrolled acceleration. Following a deluge of complaints and lawsuits, the courts eventually ruled against Toyota, citing everything from user error to cosmic rays as the source of the incredibly deadly phenomenon. In the end, the reasons couldn’t stack up to the incredible amount of damage that had been done to both consumer lives and trust.
If you, or someone you love, have been the victim of rapid acceleration while operating a motor vehicle, it is imperative that you speak with an Atlanta auto product liability lawyer. Grant Law Office has over three decades worth of trial experience with automobile accidents and product liability in the greater Atlanta area. We will utilize every resource at our disposal to hold the responsible party accountable, no matter how large, and have their menace removed from the roads. Contact us at (404) 995-3955 or (866) 249-5513 for a free and confidential consultation.
What Should I Do Following A Sudden Acceleration Accident?
While there have been an incredible number of Toyota accidents, recalls, and lawsuits involving sudden acceleration over the past 5 years, it is by far the first sizeable case. Going back as far as the late 1970s and early 80s, motorists have been reporting unexpected acceleration in their vehicles - some with catastrophic results. As cars have become more sophisticated, with electronic systems monitoring and managing nearly every aspect of your vehicle’s behavior, the odds of a potentially deadly error have grown exponentially.
If you, or a loved one, were involved in a sudden acceleration accident, there are a few important steps to take immediately after:
- Preserve the Vehicle: If at all possible, you’ll want to retrieve the vehicle in question and keep it in a secure and unexposed location. Because so much of a sudden acceleration lawsuit depends on the car’s recorded behavior and final condition, it is critical that it remain intact, without repair, and in your possession. All newer vehicles are equipped with an event data recorder, otherwise known as the car’s "black box." These recorders keep track of all events taking place in the vehicle, leading up to seconds before a crash. This could clearly demonstrate you were a victim of sudden acceleration.
- Collect Evidence: Police reports, surveillance tapes, and photographs of the wreckage can be invaluable evidence to a skilled legal team. Usually, time is of the essence when obtaining these documents.
- Speak with an Attorney: While the last thing you may wish to undertake following such a harrowing event is a potential lawsuit, you may be well within your rights to expect compensation. The speed and unexpected nature of such a crash can leave you, and your family, with crippling injuries, both mentally and physically. An experienced attorney can help alleviate the financial burden these injuries have inflicted by bringing those responsible to justice. Call Grant Law Office today at (866) 249-5513 to learn about your all of your options.