Many Arkansas residents were saddened when the popular actor Paul Walker lost his life in a high speed auto accident in 2013. Walker is remembered for his performances in the ‘Fast and Furious” series, and he was killed while riding in the kind of high performance vehicle featured in the films. The accident has led to accusations that the Porsche Carrera GT Walker was a passenger in lacked features that could have prevented the tragedy, and the actor’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the German car maker on Nov. 25.
Porsche is already facing litigation over the accident filed by Walker’s daughter and the widow of the man who was driving the vehicle and who was killed along with the actor. The litigation claims that both of the vehicle’s occupants may have survived the crash if the Carrera GT had been equipped with features such as reinforcements in its doors, breakaway fuel lines and stability control. The two men were killed after the car burst into flames after striking a tree on Nov. 12, 2013.
Porsche claims that the fatal accident was caused by reckless driving and modifications that had been made to the $448,000 car. The car maker has pointed to a police investigation that concluded that the car was traveling as a speed approaching 100 mph at the time of the accident. Investigators said that mechanical failure did not contribute to the crash.
Many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are filed in the wake of accidents that may have been caused by a combination of factors. Those injured in an accident, or the families of those killed, may want to discuss their available remedies with an attorney who has experience with these types of matters.