Florida movie fans that the daughter of the late actor Paul Walker is now suing Porsche over his death in 2013. She has filed a wrongful death claim against the automaker, claiming that the Carrera GT was designed with several flaws and defects that contributed to the fatal accident that claimed the lives of Walker and a friend who was driving. Her lawyer claims that the vehicle is dangerous and should be prohibited from U.S. roadways.
The lawsuit also claims that the vehicle lacked a number of safety features that could have either prevented the accident, or at least helped both men survive the November crash. The 2005 Carrera GT reportedly had defective rubber fuel lines, subpar side-door reinforcement bars and no electronic stability control system to prevent the high-speed car from swerving. There has also been some disagreement over how fast the vehicle was actually moving when the crash occurred.
The posted speed limit on the Santa Clarita road was 45 mph, but law enforcement believes the vehicle could have been traveling as fast as 93 to 100 mph. Investigators employed by the Walker family claim that the vehicle was probably traveling between 40 to 60 mph when the crash occurred. Their lawyers say that the severity of the damage sustained by the vehicle moving at this speed may be attributed to inadequate welding on the doors' reinforcement bars and using materials weaker than the standards set by the auto industry.
Relatives of someone killed in an auto accident may want to meet with an attorney to discuss the advisability of filing a wrongful death claim. An attorney can often use police investigation reports and other evidence to determine who should be held financially responsible for the survivors' losses.
Source: CNN, "Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche over father's death", Ed Payne, Sept. 29, 2015