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Wrongful death suit contradicts police findings

In the tragic event that a deadly accident occurs, the family of the victim/s has the right to question the cause of the incident and take actions to ensure that the appropriate parties are held liable for their loss. And even in instances where authorities do not take action to prosecute anyone in the case, wrongful death claims may still be pursued in some instances. Months after the fatal car crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and his friend in Los Angeles, the friend’s widow has filed a lawsuit against Porsche Cars North America alleging that the accident was a result of malfunction and poor vehicle design, not the speed at which her husband was driving.

After conducting an accident investigation and questioning Porsche experts, California law enforcement reported that the fatal single-vehicle accident that killed the two men was caused by excessive speeds. The window of the man that was driving the Carrera GT that day claims, however, that an uncontrollable turn of one of the vehicle’s tires caused the car to veer out of control and crash. In fact, the lawsuit contends that the plaintiff’s husband was only driving 55 mph when the vehicle hit a tree and caught fire. The two victims’ deaths are attributed to the fact that the vehicle burst into flames after fuel spilled into the engine compartment.

According to the plaintiff’s suit, manufacture defects, as well as design and testing flaws contributed to the poor maneuverability of the vehicle. Beyond that, Porsche allegedly marketed the vehicle as a race car without equipping it with the necessary safety equipment. 

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Porsche in Paul Walker crash was going only 55 mph, lawsuit claims,” Richard Winton, May 13, 2014

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