New Legislation May Reduce the Risk of Sudden Unintended Acceleration Accidents

Toyota has been hard hit by issues involving sudden unanticipated acceleration accidents involving its vehicles.  A new recall was recently announced that covers an additional 2.2 million vehicles linked to potential unintended sudden acceleration issues.  These accidents have been variously linked to sticky accelerator pedals, defective floor mats and faulty electronics.  The issue of unintended acceleration accidents associated with Toyota vehicles first became prominent in the wake of a 2009 fatal car crash involving a Highway Patrol Officer in San Diego who was killed when his vehicle accelerated to speeds in excess of a hundred mph.  The family of the San Diego victims settled a wrongful death lawsuits with Toyota for $10 million.  New legislation is now being discussed in Congress, which may help reduce the risk of sudden acceleration collisions by increasing certain safety standards that apply to auto manufacturers.

If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a serious car accident in Missouri or Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  At the law firm of Michael R. Lawless P.A., Attorney at Law, we have been representing those seriously injured in serious car accidents in Kansas and Missouri since 1980.  As advocates for those injured by defective motor vehicles, we welcome the proposed legislation, which may help make Kansas and Missouri residents on our roadways safer.

Two specific legislative changes are being proposed that would have a significant impact on Kansas auto accident lawsuits. The first change being proposed would require installing an apparatus that gives an automobile braking system priority over its accelerator.  This change is a response to the massive recalls and growing number of accidents linked to sudden unintended acceleration accidents.  Many victims involved in these accidents have indicated that their vehicle continued to accelerate out of control despite desperate attempts to depress the brakes.

In theory, this safety improvement seems to make sense, but some contend that the requirement could be a double-edged sword.  If automakers implement such a system, it means that one’s car will respond differently and may increase car accident risk because drivers are not prepared for how their car responds in such a situation.

The other change that is being considered is to mandate data recorders that would record valuable information that could be used to provide critical information about braking, acceleration and speed that might be critical when the facts are in dispute regarding how an auto accident occurred.  Because there will be objective data to substantiate disputed testimony regarding the cause of such unintended acceleration accidents, the change could mean that Kansas auto accident cases may settle more quickly or litigation may be avoided entirely where there is little question of liability.

Our experienced Kansas City auto collision lawyers will continue to follow this legislation closely because of the significant impact it could have on Kansas auto accident litigation.  Our law firm continually implements the most current technology and most recent developments in the law so that we can devise the most effective legal strategy for our clients.  If you or your loved ones are involved in a serious Kansas auto accident, an experienced Kansas City car accident lawyer carefully investigate the circumstances of our clients’ cases and employ state of the art litigation technology to help obtain the best possible results for our clients.

We will discuss your case free of charge and will provide an honest assessment of your chance of receiving compensation.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Kansas or Missouri, call us today for your free initial consultation at 1-800-734- 3771. Michael R. Lawless, Attorney at Law, P.C, provides personal injury representation in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, including the communities of Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Roeland Park, Westwood, Fairway, Prairie Village, Lawrence, Topeka, Gardner, Kansas City, Grandview, Harrisonville, Belton, Pleasant Hill, Clinton, Lees Summit, Raytown, Peculiar, Lawrence, Strasburg, Freeman, and Garden City.