Paul Walker’s Daughter Suing Porsche For Wrongful Death in Tragic Car Crash
Meadow Walker, the 16-year-old daughter of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, is suing automaker Porsche for wrongful death in the tragic accident that killed her father two years ago.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that “multiple design flaws” in the Porsche Carrera GT caused the crash that claimed the life of Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas. In particular, the lawsuit claims “the vehicle lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars — features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.” Furthermore, the lawsuit goes on to state that Porsche used “side door reinforcement bars that lacked adequate welds and consisted of material weaker in strength than what is used in popular mass-market cars… designed and built to be operated at speeds much slower than the Carrera GT.”
Of course, a savvy defense lawyer might argue that Walker and Rodas driving 90 mph in a 45 mph zone had more to do with the tragic crash than design flaws. Hell, that’s exactly what a spokesperson for Porsche is arguing, releasing a statement that basically amounts to, Well…but it’s not our fault though.
“We believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”
But not everyone believes it’s such a cut-and-dry case.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street,” said Meadow Walker’s attorney, Jeff Milam, in a statement. “And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
Both sides have a case, particularly Porsche, in arguing that reckless driving caused the tragedy and not their car specifically. However, should it be proven that technical shortcomings of the car contributed in any way to the fiery crash, Porsche might find themselves out of a lot of money. No specifics have been revealed concerning how much, exactly, Meadow Walker is seeking in damages, but it’s not going to be chump change.
What do you think? Is Porsche at fault? Is it even anybody’s fault? Or was this just a tragic accident? Sound off in the comments!
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