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California Judge Rules Toyota Settlement is Confidential

The details of a settlement reached between Toyota Motor Corp. and the family of four Lexus passengers killed in a 2009 crash will remain confidential, according to local news. The judge who ruled that the information was not to be released chose to do so to protect the family from harassment over the case or the settlement amount they received.

The case centered on a crash on Route 125 that killed a California Highway Patrol officer along with his wife, his wife’s brother, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter. The fatal Santee car crash was caused by a stuck accelerator in the rented Lexus they were riding in. According to Toyota, the Lexus had not had its floor mats changed, and the old floor mat caused the accelerator to stick.

The case against the rental car agency that loaned the Lexus to the family has not been settled. Toyota has agreed to provide experts to help the family in their case against the rental agency.

The judge in the case has agreed to release some information, but the details of the settlement will remain private. The judge did not say what information would be released to the public.

Losing a loved one in an auto accident in California can be heartbreaking, especially when the accident is caused by a defective vehicle. Keeping the terms of a settlement confidential may help your family avoid further stress. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident, the Elia Law Firm can help you hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and receive compensation for your injuries. Call San Diego car crash attorney Steven A. Elia today at 619-444-2244 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Steven Elia

Steven Elia

Mr. Elia has extensive litigation experience having appeared at more than 1,000 civil hearings including jury and bench trials, over 500 depositions, and hundreds of mediations. Some of his cases have made national headlines. He specializes in personal injury, business law and civil litigation in and around San Diego.