Florida residents who were fans of the late 'Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may be interested to learn that Walker's father has filed a wrongful death claim. Walker's father sued Porsche for the fatal car accident that killed his son in 2013. According to the claim, the Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding in when he died lacked safety features that would have prevented his death.
The wrongful death lawsuit is just one of several actions that have been filed against Porsche over the Carrera GT. Walker's daughter filed a claim against Porsche, as did the wife of Walker's friend who was driving the car when the two men were killed. Walker's father's claim alleges that the Carrera GT was manufactured without side-door enforcements, a stability control system and a breakaway fuel line that would have prevented the vehicle from bursting into flames on impact.
In response to the claim filed by Walker's daughter, Porsche said that the 2005 Carrera GT involved in the accident had been improperly maintained and altered by its owner. Porsche alleges that it was those factors, and not the design of car, that led to Walker's death. Though investigators concluded that the car had been traveling 94 mph, Walker's father claims that the car was only traveling 71 mph at the time of the crash.
Even if a party is not convicted for any crimes in criminal court, the party can still be found guilty for negligence in a civil lawsuit. A family that believes their loved one was killed because of a party's willful or negligent actions may want to talk to a lawyer about filing a wrongful death claim.
Source: Huffington Post, "Paul Walker's Dad Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Porsche," Nov. 26, 2015