Now Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche, Says Car Lacked Safety Features

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Actor Paul Walker’s father sues Porsche over fatal crash.

Walker’s father, who is the executor of his son’s estate, filed the lawsuit claiming the Porsche Carrera GT the actor was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved the actor’s life.LOS ANGELES — Paul Walker’s father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the “Fast & Furious” star. The filming cites various other pending lawsuits against the car manufacturer, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the car from bursting into flames after a collision.

After investigating, police determined the cause of the fatal accident to be speeding, stating that the driver had been going between 80 and 90 MPH at the time of impact. Mr Rodas’ widow, Kristine, who has a pending claim against Porsche in federal court, also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the carmaker in state court. That investigation was led by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol, and aided by engineers from Porsche, who concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash.

Walker was sitting in the passenger seat when his friend Roger Rodas lost control of the car and crashed into a tree, causing the car to burst into flames. On November 12, Porsche stated in a court filing that the Carrera GT had been altered and improperly maintained and those factors contributed to the deaths of Walker and Mr Rodas. Walker knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carerra GT,” Porsche stated. “That the perils, risk and dangers were open and obvious and known to him and that he chose to conduct himself in a manner as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle.” Their statement continued, “Mr. Walker’s voluntary assumption of the risk should bar the plaintiff’s recovery or, in the alternative, should reduce the plaintiff’s right to recovery from the PCNA in an amount equivalent to Mr.Walker’s fault.”

Wednesday’s lawsuit repeats a claim from Meadow Walker’s case that the Porsche was travelling between 101 to 114km/h before it spun out of control. Walker’s two brothers helped complete action scenes in Furious 7, which earned more than $1.5 billion (Dh5.5 billion) globally after it was released in April. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

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