It has been two years since actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash. The accident happened in the middle of filming the latest The Fast and the Furious film and briefly brought the entire production to a halt. The car involved in the accident was a Porsche and Walker’s daughter, Meadow, filed suit against the company. Porsche has fired back saying the responsibility falls entirely on Walker.
The actor was riding as a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that, according to the claim by Meadow Walker, was not properly designed. The suit alleges that safety features were not adequate and that if the proper safety features had been in the car, then Paul Walker might still be alive today.
Porsche countered by filing to have the whole thing dismissed. They claim that Walker knew the risks inherent with getting into the car, but that he chose to go for a ride anyway. They go one step further and say that the car had been modified and improperly maintained. Basically, they say he got into a car that the owner had altered and knowingly put himself at risk.
Meadow Walker isn’t the only one suing Porsche over the crash. Roger Rodas was behind the wheel when the car crashed in California in November of 2013 and his wife blames Porsche for his death, too.
Her suit points to the lack of a crash cage and protected fuel cells like those found on racing vehicles. Although the car was street-legal, she says it was designed to be a race car so it should have had the same safety features.
The assumption is that a properly protected fuel cell would have prevented the explosion that happened during the accident and the ensuing fire. The suit also alleges that the speed of the car was only 55 mph when a failed suspension system caused the accident.
That speed is a point of contention. The LA County Coroner said the car was traveling at a speed of 100 mph when it veered out of control. The LA County Sheriff’s Department corroborated that statement in its own report, blaming speed for the accident.
The back and forth will likely continue with the families of Walker and Rodas looking to blame Porsche and collect damages while Porsche insists this accident had nothing to do with a faulty car. The potential for a hefty settlement will likely keep this battle in the courts for a long while before it’s all said and done.