Paul Walker's Father Sues Porche Over Actor's Deadly Crash
On Nov. 25, the father of Paul Walker, the deceased The Fast and the Furious actor, filed a lawsuit in California against Porsche over the fiery car crash that took his son's life two years ago. The wrongful death suit, which was filed in California, claims that the Porsche in which the star lost his life did not have several safety features that might have saved him.
In November 2013, Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Carrera GT driven by his friend when the vehicle spun out of control and struck three trees in Santa Clarita. The car burst into flames, killing both men. According to an investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, the Porsche was traveling at up to 94 mph just before the crash.
However, Walker's father, who is the executor of the actor's estate, contends that the car was traveling between 63 and 71 mph. He also alleges that features such as a breakaway fuel line, a stability control system and door reinforcements could have spared his son's life. Walker's 17-year-old daughter and the driver's widow have also filed lawsuits against Porsche over similar allegations.
On Nov. 12, Porsche responded to the lawsuit by Walker's daughter. The automaker denied responsibility for the crash, claiming that the Carrera GT in question had been incorrectly maintained and modified from its original condition. The company also said that Walker was an experienced user of the vehicle. None of the lawsuits have yet been given trial dates.
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed even in cases where authorities choose not to file criminal charges. California residents who have lost a loved one due to the negligence on the part of another might decide to consult an attorney who may be able to help them file the lawsuit.
Source: USA Today, "Paul Walker's father sues Porsche over son's fatal crash," Anthony McCartney, Nov. 26, 2015