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(LA Times)   Jury clears Toyota inwrongfuldeathsu- *CRASH*   (latimes.com) divider line 24
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2013-10-11 09:34:33 AM  
Sounds like it was a bullshiat claim.
 
2013-10-11 09:37:56 AM  
Could you imagine? Everyone who rear ended someone would blame and sue Toyota for it if this case went the other way.
 
2013-10-11 09:39:09 AM  
So how does this work in the US, does the insurance company foot the entire $10m?
 
2013-10-11 09:41:14 AM  
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2013-10-11 09:43:48 AM  
Could have been avoided entirely if people knew which pedal was the brake and which one was the accelerator...
 
2013-10-11 09:47:07 AM  
I can't wait for the clusterfark that no-fee lawyers will create when self-driving cars finally appear on the market.
 
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2013-10-11 09:47:53 AM  
So how does this work in the US, does the insurance company foot the entire $10m?

Car insurance company pays policy limits, typically $100,000 to $500,000. Umbrella policy adds another million. A vindictive plaintiff can go after the defendant for the rest, but that's not likely to be cost effective in this case. Unless alcohol is involved the at fault driver can declare bankruptcy.
 
2013-10-11 09:47:59 AM  
Garo Mardirossian, attorney for Uno's surviving family members, characterized [it] as a "win, win, win."  ...
"To get a $10-million verdict for a 66-year old woman with medical problems is a great thing," he said

Because that $10 million comes from nowhere! No one loses!
 
2013-10-11 09:50:34 AM  
FTA: faulty electronics caused her Camry to accelerate wildly

That's neat--because I've never heard of a old-fart Camry accelerating 'wildly' with the electronics intact. Is this the newest street-racing fad? Mod your car's electronics with a fire axe, 1000HP Bonus!
 
2013-10-11 09:52:37 AM  
"To get a $10-million verdict for a 66-year old woman with medical problems is a great thing,"

Man, that is way over the Kelly Blue Book value for a 66 year old woman.
 
2013-10-11 09:55:23 AM  
There was nothing wrong with the toyotas, shiatty people who can't take responsibility for their actions. Aka Americans.
 
2013-10-11 09:55:37 AM  
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66 years old? I'd hit it too. She seems to have missed Asian Menopause.
 
2013-10-11 10:07:21 AM  
Read an article in, Car and Driver I think, that quoted a NHTSA report that almost 100% of those incidents were because the driver fat-footed the gas instead of brake. And some of the comments that Toyota got from the drivers were golden, rivalling the best-quality Freeper derp.
 
2013-10-11 10:08:08 AM  

CommonName2: Garo Mardirossian, attorney for Uno's surviving family members, characterized [it] as a "win, win, win."  ...
"To get a $10-million verdict for a 66-year old woman with medical problems is a great thing," he said

Because that $10 million comes from nowhere! No one loses!


Adding that : "He believed the case also opened avenues for other plaintiffs to go after Toyota in future lawsuits - Toyota's  got a lot of chinks in its armor exposed here."

Considering the ethnicity of the folks involved, he could have been a bit more sensitive in his choice of words.
 
2013-10-11 10:08:22 AM  
"Toyota got a lot of chinks in its armor exposed here."


I think he could have phrased that better.
 
2013-10-11 10:09:32 AM  
i had a toyota and got rear ended (that sounds painful) can i sue? oh wait i was hit by a woman talking on her phone. and she was driving a F150.

i have had three cars totaled in rear end collisions where i was stopped and then run into. i have yet to be hurt or to sue anyone. although in the second one i had to threaten to sue to get the few dollars i deserved to replace the car at full value.
 
2013-10-11 10:18:33 AM  

Mach10: FTA: faulty electronics caused her Camry to accelerate wildly



FTFA: Instead, the jury found that the accident was entirely the fault of the other driver, Olga Belo, who crashed into the Camry, causing Uno to accidentally step down on the accelerator and race out of control.
 
2013-10-11 10:52:14 AM  

mxypltz42: "Toyota got a lot of chinks in its armor exposed here."


I think he could have phrased that better.


"Toyota may be an 800lb gorilla of a company, but my client is determined to be more than a chihuahua nipping at its heels."
 
2013-10-11 10:53:01 AM  

Alonjar: Mach10: FTA: faulty electronics caused her Camry to accelerate wildly


FTFA: Instead, the jury found that the accident was entirely the fault of the other driver, Olga Belo, who crashed into the Camry, causing Uno to accidentally step down on the accelerator and race out of control.


Different case, but extensive testing strongly suggests that the dodgy software exists entirely in the brain of the person behind the wheel.
 
2013-10-11 10:55:50 AM  

Alonjar: Sounds like it was a bullshiat claim.


Yeah, they were going for the deep pockets.

The demographics alone are enough to show that Toyota isn't at fault.  Why are most of the unintended acceleration accidents older drivers???

Curious: i have had three cars totaled in rear end collisions where i was stopped and then run into. i have yet to be hurt or to sue anyone. although in the second one i had to threaten to sue to get the few dollars i deserved to replace the car at full value.


It's amazing how drivers like to do that.  I've only been in one and it was nowhere near totaling the car.  It was a nasty lesson in the mechanics of the neck, though--I was looking forward at the moment of impact and got nothing but a headache.  My wife and her parents were all talking to each other with their necks twisted way around.  The other guy's insurance settled for the policy limit without putting up a fight.
 
2013-10-11 11:24:09 AM  

Loren: I've only been in one and it was nowhere near totaling the car.


first one bent the frame besides both rear and front end damage since i was shoved into a jeep in front of me. second was rear only but the car was older. really nice and in real good condition but not this years model by any means. last one was again front and back and an older car. all three ran around ten grand total.

on the plus side this last one last year i was able to end up in a much newer better car.
 
2013-10-11 12:12:58 PM  

Sonneillon: So how does this work in the US, does the insurance company foot the entire $10m?


The insurance company's exposure is to the extent of its policy limits - if the insurance is for $5 million then it owes nothing more than that.  Once the limits are paid, the remainder would come from the deceased's policy if she had extra insurance, an under-insured motorist fund (if applicable), or from the defendant personally.  Assuming the defendant is not a millionaire, it is unlikely he would pay beyond the policy limits (since it would likely put him into bankruptcy).  That is why lawyers sue everyone related to the accident - to try and drag as many policies (or parties that can pay) in as possible.
 
2013-10-11 12:32:50 PM  
elderly asian woman in a camry speeding out of control? impossible. the "going the wrong way" part I'll believe though.

/frequently have to avoid one such woman in my town who doesn't know how to operate an on-ramp
//yes lady, you need to be going faster than 25 in order to safely merge with traffic that is going 70... that's why we're all having to slam on our brakes to avoid rear-ending you as you sit at the bottom of the ramp
 
2013-10-11 06:08:47 PM  
And if they told her she was too stupid to drive, that would have saved her too. Shift into neutral and problem solved.
 
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