Toyota sued after vehicle allegedly fails to protect driver from head-on collision

David Yates Jan. 19, 2013, 1:18pm

Alleging her Camry failed to protect her in a head-on collision, Brandi Scharber has filed suit against Toyota Motor Corp. and the driver who struck her, Gayle-Marie Purcell. 

The suit was filed Jan. 10 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on June 8 Scharber was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry and traveling south on Major Drive in Beaumont when Purcell struck her head-on.

“At the time of the incident, Brandi Scharber was properly seated and wearing her seat belt,” the suit states. “However, despite being properly restrained, Brandi Scharber suffered serious injuries when the vehicle which she was driving failed to protect her.”

The suit accuses Toyota of manufacturing and selling an uncrashworthy vehicle.

Purcell is blamed for negligently failing to keep a proper lookout and obey traffic laws.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Dallas attorney Todd Tracy represents her.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A193-812

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