An auto defect can cause serious injury and even death. West Virginia vehicle owners may try to stay up to date on the latest recalls in case their vehicle is involved. A recent article that discussed the apparent auto defect that affected Toyota owners has brought attention to a deadly accident that was possibly preventable and has now resulted in a civil suit.

As some people may recall, Toyota faced criticism a few years ago when the accelerator on a Camry stuck which resulted in an accident that killed a woman. She was driving a 2006 model. The woman, who was 66-years-old at the time of her death hit a tree. Court documents show that according to the plaintiff, if the car had a brake-override system, the crash could have been prevented. There have been several lawsuits as a result of the same issue that resulted in Toyota issuing a recall for over 10 million vehicles.

The family of the woman mentioned is now asking for $20 million in damages. Toyota is claiming that it was driver error and she failed to use the brake, but instead pushed the gas. Motorists will more than likely be interested to following this developing story, especially those that may own a vehicle that was involved in the recall.

Any West Virginia resident that feels they have been a victim of this particular auto defect or another defect that has caused serious injury or death of a loved one may benefit from reviewing their rights under the state laws. By having an understanding of one’s rights they can hopefully have a realistic expectation of what to expect when moving forward. The proper knowledge can also help a person to determine the best steps to take.

Source: autonews.com, “Toyota knew of danger of stuck pedals, lawyer tells jurors as Calif. trial opens,” Edvard Pettersson, Aug. 8, 2013