When actor Paul Walker died on an office park road in California on Nov. 30, 2013, a coroner's report estimated that the Porsche in which he was a passenger had been traveling at 100 mph before it hit trees and a power pole. Later, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department investigated and said that the car was going 80 to 93 mph. Excessive speed was named as the cause of the accident that also killed the driver. On September 28, Walker's daughter filed a lawsuit against Porsche saying that if the car had had adequate safety features, her father would still be alive.
According to the lawsuit, the car had faulty rubber fuel lines and lacked an electronic stabilizing system as well as sufficient reinforcement on the side door. Investigators hired by the family say that the car was only traveling 63 to 71 mph initially and 40 to 60 mph at impact.
The lawsuit says that other road cars by Porsche as well as racing cars have the safety features this one lacked. Neither Walker nor the driver had drugs or alcohol in their system, and both were wearing seat belts.
Families of individuals who die in car accidents often suffer significant financial damages in addition to the emotional trauma of losing a loved one. An attorney who has experience with these matters can often assist survivors by reviewing such evidence as police investigation reports and eyewitness testimony in order to determine who should bear responsibility. In some cases, it may be advisable to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking appropriate damages.
Source: "Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche over father's death," Ed Payne, Sept. 29, 2015