Hilliard Munoz Guerra LLP Files Lawsuit Against Toyota Over Unintended Acceleration

February 12, 2010

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Attorneys from the Corpus Christi, Texas-based law firm of Hilliard Munoz Guerra LLP have filed a state court lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) on behalf of three San Antonio residents who were injured when a Toyota Camry unexpectedly accelerated at a stop light.

Attorney Robert Hilliard represents James Martinez, Jose Francisco Hernandez and Javier Diaz in their claims against Toyota and its subsidiaries; Southfield, Mich.-based parts manufacturer Denso International America, Inc. and San Antonio’s Alamo Toyota car dealership. The lawsuit is filed in the 131st District Court in Bexar County, Texas.

On February 4, 2010, Mr. Martinez was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry with Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Diaz as passengers. As they approached a stop light, Mr. Martinez applied the brakes but the car continued to accelerate. In order to avoid other vehicles and innocent bystanders, Mr. Martinez veered right and crashed into a telephone pole at Perrin Beitel Rd. and Perrin Central Blvd.

As a result of the accident, Mr. Martinez sustained a concussion, back and shoulder injuries. Both Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Diaz suffered neck and back injuries. The initial police report indicated that a throttle control malfunction was the lone contributing factor to the accident.

“Complaints about dangerous Toyotas have been known for years, and it seems like the company is throwing out new, alleged ‘fixes’ every few days,” says Mr. Hilliard. “The recent flurry of recalls is too late for my clients, but our hope is that Toyota will stand up and finally take responsibility for their failures.”

According to Mr. Hilliard, the 2009 Toyota Camry has a design defect that makes it susceptible to unintentional acceleration and losing control. The lawsuit alleges Toyota and the other defendants were negligent in designing and selling dangerous cars, and failing to properly test the vehicles and adequately warn customers of the potential dangers.

More than 2,000 complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration have been reported to Toyota or various government agencies. Mr. Hilliard alleges that the problem has led to hundred of accidents, 16 deaths and 243 injuries.

Earlier this month, Mr. Hilliard filed a federal class-action lawsuit in Corpus Christi, Texas, on behalf of a Corpus Christi family and all Texas residents who have purchased Toyota and Lexus vehicles with faulty electronic throttle control systems. The class-action lawsuit does not cover individuals seriously hurt or killed in Toyota accidents.

For more than 25 years, Hilliard Munoz Guerra LLP has represented individuals from across the United States in a variety of personal injury, breach of contract, fraud and negligence claims, including cases involving refinery explosions, trucking accidents, toxic exposure, and dangerous prescription drugs. More information on the firm is found at http://www.hmglawfirm.com/ or http://www.toyotasafetylawyer.com/.

The case is James J. Martinez, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al., No. 2010CI02353.

For more information, contact Alan Bentrup at 713-383-0090 or alan@androvett.com.

SOURCE Hilliard Munoz Guerra LLP

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