When it comes to driver and passenger safety, nothing is more dangerous than a defective vehicle. Unfortunately, though, vehicle defects are a reality, and one defect that is particularly dangerous is unintentional acceleration. If you’ve been in an accident caused by unintentional acceleration due to an automotive defect, get help from our unintentional acceleration attorneys from Cordisco & Saile LLC: 215-642-2335.
What is unintentional acceleration?
Unintentional acceleration is exactly what it sounds like – when a vehicle owner presses the gas pedal to accelerate the vehicle, an unexpected surge occurs. In fact, unintentional acceleration has been reported in certain vehicle makes and models, even when the driver applies the brakes.
The Dangers of Unintentional Acceleration
Unintentional acceleration presents many obvious dangers to drivers and others on the road. Because unintentional acceleration causes a vehicle to surge forward, the defect can lead to a variety of accident types. These accidents can be deadly for both the driver of the vehicle and any other individuals involved in the collision or may lead to severe and life-altering injuries.
Vehicles Affected by Unintentional Acceleration
According to a September 2014 report in the Los Angeles Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined 163 complaints from vehicle owners regarding the unintentional acceleration of their Toyota vehicles. In March 2014, Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to avoid prosecution for covering up the severe safety problems associated with the unintentional acceleration of their vehicles.
Who’s liable for accidents caused by unintentional acceleration?
Vehicle owners who have been involved in accidents caused by unintentional acceleration may have questions about who’s liable for the accident and any associated injuries. If an accident victim can prove that the accident was indeed caused by unintentional acceleration and that any subsequent injuries were directly caused by the accident, then the vehicle manufacturer may liable.
Under product liability law, product manufacturers – vehicles included – have a duty to the consumer to manufacture products that are free from known hazards or dangers. If a defect is present, then the manufacturer has violated that duty of care. When the duty is breached, and the breach results in an accident and injures, the consumer has the right to file a lawsuit for damages. Damages that may be awarded are dependent upon the type and severity of the injuries incurred but may include wage replacement, medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more.
Review the damages to which you may be entitled for your accident claim with our unintentional acceleration attorneys. We'll also help you gather evidence to establish liability so you can hold a vehicle manufacturer liable.
Time Limit for Filing a Claim in Pennsylvania
If your unintentional acceleration accident has happened in Pennsylvania, then you only have a limited amount of time in which the law allows you to file a personal injury claim for damages, known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is two years, according to Pennsylvania Statutes section 5524.
Also keep in mind that you may recover benefits from your own insurance policy. Review all avenues through which you may recover compensation by consulting an accident lawyer.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC for Help Filing a Claim after an Auto Defect-related Accident
If you’re considering filing a lawsuit for your injuries against the manufacturer of a vehicle with an unintentional acceleration defect, seek legal assistance. An attorney trained in product liability and personal injury law is essential to constructing a case. A Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys know what it takes to get accident victims the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured, call our offices today at 215-642-2335 for legal help now. You can also contact us online to set up an appointment.