Family Sues Porsche for Paul Walker Wrongful Death
- October 22, 2015
- Vehicle Defects
The Wrongful Death Case
If you are searching for a wrongful death lawyer for a car accident, you might have come across numerous stories about Paul Walker’s tragic death. Walker was best known for his role in the hit movie series The Fast and the Furious and was killed when the Porsche that he was riding in crashed in 2013. According to a post on Mail Online, Walker’s daughter Meadow filed a wrongful death suit against the German car company blaming design flaws for her father’s untimely demise.
The Family’s Allegations
According to the lawsuit, Walker was still alive when the car hit two trees and a concrete lamp post. It was when the vehicle caught fire that ultimately led to his demise. Here are the allegations –
- History of Instability – One of the accusations in the lawsuit cite instability issues in Porsche vehicles. According to documents from TMZ, the suit claims that the German car company is aware that their Carrera GT models have “…a history of instability and control issues.” Lawyers also allege that Porsche could have easily resolved such issues if the Porsche that Walker’s friend Roger Rodas was driving at the time, had been equipped with a stability management system. The system is a standard edition in other models from the car company but is missing in the 2005 Carrera GT. Lawyers who represent Meadow allege that the seatbelt the Fast and the Furious actor was wearing at the time, “…snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis.”
- Smoke Inhalation and Fire – The suit claims that the actor was still alive after the crash which was apparent since it was found that he “…breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.” Meadow’s legal representative also alleges it was how the fuel lines were placed in the vehicle that contributed to the fire which ultimately took the actor’s life.
The medical autopsy according to a post on the Daily Mail, reveal horrible injuries as well. The actor had multiple broken bones, a fractured jaw, pelvis, collarbone and his body was “…burned so badly that none of his organs could be donated.”
Porsche, on the other hand defends the design of the 2005 Carrera GT that the actor was riding. It claims that it was speeding and reckless driving that caused the death. According to a representative from the car company, “As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speeding.”
While it may be several months or more before this case is decided, it does shine a high profile light on field of law that many aren’t aware of. In fact, we have seen numerous situations where a client had no idea that their accident may have been caused by a vehicle defect. So, whether this tragic accident was caused, or even partly contributed to, by a design flaw, it may help to inform victims of vehicle defect laws and their right to hold manufacturers responsible.
If Meadow’s wrongful death lawsuit against one of the most famous and revered car manufacturers in the world proves anything, it is that even the big names in car brands can be held accountable for vehicular defects.
If you suspect your accident may have been caused or exacerbated by a design flaw or manufacturing defect, we urge you to contact us online or by calling 972-774-9800 so our vehicle defect lawyers can review the facts of your accident free of charge. You may not only receive compensation for your injuries, but by uncovering a previously unknown defect, save future lives.