Toyota Ordered to Pay $242 Million to Family for Gross Negligence

A Dallas family was awarded $242 million in a lawsuit over a car accident that injured their two young children. The Texas jury found that Toyota Motor Corp and Toyota Motor Sales were grossly negligent in the designing and manufacturing of the 2002 Lexus ES 300 sedan involved in the accident. The verdict includes more than $143.6 million in punitive damages.  

In September 2016, the Reavis family’s vehicle was rear-ended. Benjamin and Kristi Reavis’ children, ages 5 and 3, were restrained in car seats in the back seat of the vehicle. The children were seriously injured in the collision.

According to the lawsuit, the front seats in the Lexus were unreasonably dangerous. The family’s attorney, Frank Branson, stated that Toyota knew about the problem, yet failed to warn consumers of the danger. He also said the automaker chose to protect front-seat occupants from injuries at the expense of rear-seat passengers.

“Fortunately, the jury ruled in favor of consumer rights by holding this automaker accountable for their negligent actions,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a defective product and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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