Sudden Acceleration by Toyota Yaris Alleged Cause of Tragic New Year’s Eve Accident Resulting in Five Fatalities
SAN DIEGO (March 18, 2016) – In another case of reported unintended acceleration, CaseyGerry has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a nine-year-old Temecula boy whose father, Matthew Pusateri, 29, was killed on New Year’s Eve 2015 when the Toyota Solara in which he was a passenger was struck violently from behind by a 2015 Toyota Yaris.
According to CaseyGerry attorney David S. Casey Jr., the lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Toyota Motor Corporation and other Toyota entities as well as Avis Rent a Car and the Yaris’ driver – and seeks damages for the young plaintiff for the wrongful death of his father, who along with three others in the car, died instantly on impact.
“The driver of the Yaris – who was driving east on I-10 near Ontario in San Bernardino County – exited the freeway on the Vineyard Ave. off ramp, then slammed suddenly into the Toyota Solara,” said Casey Jr. “She maintains that her rented Yaris suddenly and inexplicably accelerated to 100 mph, and she was unable to stop or even slow the out-of-control vehicle.” En route to Las Vegas with family, the driver’s seven-year-old grandson also died as a result of this tragic crash.
According to Casey, some Toyota vehicles are alleged to have been defectively designed, manufactured and sold, with certain models sometimes accelerating without driver input – causing injuries and deaths.
“Five people died in this horrific accident, a terrible tragedy for all those involved,” said Casey Jr. “We are deeply saddened by the significant loss suffered by these families.”
CaseyGerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 15 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical, mass tort and class action litigation. Headquartered at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm also has an office in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. For more information call 619-238-1811.