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GREENSVILLE COUNTY, VA – Last Thursday, Toyota Motor Corp. filed a motion to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit brought on behalf of a woman who died in 2009 when her brand-new Camry struck a tree after suddenly accelerating. This motion comes two weeks after Toyota motioned separately to dismiss around fifty other Toyota accident injury lawsuits, including personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. All these suits allege that the plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by sudden acceleration in defective Toyota vehicles. However, Toyota claims that the plaintiffs have not identified a specific defect responsible for the acceleration events. Recent Supreme Court decisions have raised the standards for this kind of lawsuit, which Toyota’s lawyers cited in their motion. In addition, Toyota’s lawyers contend that Toyota does not have a financial responsibility to compensate these plaintiffs for false advertising because their specific lawsuits fail to clearly identify a specific marketing claim they relied on. Many plaintiffs complain that the deficiencies in the legal filings of their defective vehicle injury lawsuits are the result of a “smoke screen” by Toyota. They claim Toyota failed to publicize the real problem—a defective electronic throttle control—with phony recalls of floor mats and accelerator pedals. This makes it more difficult for plaintiffs to prove that the vehicle was defective because they cannot identify a specific defect with conclusive evidence. If you have been injured by a Toyota or any other defective vehicle near Mobile, Alabama, please contact the experienced defective vehicle injury attorneys of Long & Long today for a complimentary evaluation of your case.

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