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When a Gas Pedal Defect Causes an Accident
Driving a car and having the gas pedal go rogue is a frightening and very dangerous situation. If a defective gas pedal sticks, breaks or unintentionally accelerates, the driver can lose control and it immediately increases the risk of crashing. When a gas pedal defect causes a crash, victims have a right to sue the manufacturer to recover damages. And with the recent gas pedal-related recalls involving two major manufacturers, many victims have done just that.
Defective Gas Pedals
Often, there are no preliminary signs that a gas pedal is defective. A car owner might not have any idea there is something wrong until the gas pedal malfunctions, and it’s too late. Consumers depend on manufacturers to be diligent with the safety of their products and notify and rectify any defects that become known. When automakers fail to do their job, people get hurt.
Both Toyota and Kia have made recent headlines as a result of recalls involving defective gas pedals. Kia recalled 209,000 2014 and 2015 Soul and Soul electric SUVs because they found that the gas pedals can bend or break. After receiving numerous warranty claims, the manufacturer realized that the pedal can bend when stepped on too hard when the car isn’t moving. Owners can contact the manufacturer for a remedy, free of charge.
Toyota had a similar situation and recalled 10 million vehicles because of sticky gas pedals. Toyota’s defective gas pedal recall is more severe than Kia’s because 1) people have died as a result, and 2) the company lied to the public and officials and concealed information, knowingly putting consumers at risk. As a result of their negligence and poor practices, they’ve been liable not only for more than $66 million in civil lawsuits, but also have been slapped with a $1.2 billion fine, the largest penalty imposed on a car company in history.
Automakers Need to Be Held Accountable for Victims’ Losses
Auto manufacturers have a legal responsibility to put only safe cars on the market. If they release cars that malfunction, such as cars with defective gas pedals, they can and should be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
If you were injured in a wreck because of a defective gas pedal or if your loved one was killed in one, you will want to speak to an injury/wrongful death attorney about how to take legal action. If evidence exists to support your claim, you and your attorney will need to prove the following elements for your case to be successful.
- The gas pedal was defective.
- The defective gas pedal caused the accident.
- You were injured as a result and would not have suffered injuries had it not been for the defect.
Speak to a Defective Gas Pedal Lawyer in Orlando Today
If you believe a defect is what caused your accident, you are welcome to call Francis Law Group in Orlando for a free consultation. Attorney Francis will review your situation and determine if you have a viable case worth pursuing. If so, he can help build a compelling case that not only points to the manufacturer’s negligence and liability, but also gives the insurer or courts a clear picture of just how much you’ve suffered as a result of the crash. In this way, you can improve your chances of securing fair restitution.
If your case is successful, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. This includes damages such as current and future medical bills, lost wages, disability, property damage, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. If your loved one died, you can recover numerous damages related to your losses, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, consortium and support.
Contact our office today at 407-363-9939 for a free consultation with a defective gas pedal attorney.