In the aftermath of a car accident, one of the most important discussions is determining who was at fault. Police officers are consulted, insurance companies are called and you may even consult with a personal injury attorney if you believe you have a strong enough claim. However, you may not realize that an unexpected agent could have been acting in the events of your accident, and neither driver was as much at fault as expected.
Back in 2006, a Minnesota man was driving home with his family when his car suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated, crashing into another car. Two people were killed and three more were injured, and the man was imprisoned for more than two years.
Now, nearly a decade after the accident, a jury determined that the car?s manufacturer, Toyota, was largely responsible for the accident. It was discovered after the accident that sudden and unintended acceleration was a legitimate problem in Toyota cars, and many vehicles even had to be recalled between 2009 and 2011 as a result.
While this case took place in Minnesota, the implications could reach well beyond the borders of the state. Manufacturing defects are a serious concern, and they often go unnoticed until it is too late. Any Oklahoma resident could find himself or herself facing a similar problem, which is why it is important to consider all the options. As you and another driver are arguing about fault in an accident, you could both be overlooking a manufacturing defect that contributed to the accident.
Unexpected issues like these are just some of the reasons that individuals involved in an accident should consider meeting with an attorney. Legal professionals in Oklahoma can bring knowledge and perspectives to your case that you may not have even known to be curious about.