Many Georgia residents heard about the death of actor Paul Walker in a car accident on Nov. 30, 2013. He was a passenger in a Porsche being driven by a friend when the car hit a power pole and trees, killing both men. The official cause of the accident was excessive speed. A coroner’s report initially put the speed at 100 mph while a later report by the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department said the car was going between 80 and 93 mph. However, Walker’s family have hired their own investigators who dispute the official account of the accident, and his daughter has filed a lawsuit against Porsche.
The family’s investigators say that at the time of impact, the car was going 40 to 60 mph when control was lost. The speed limit on the road was 45 mph. The lawsuit says that the Porsche did not have necessary safety features. Those features included an electronic stability system and side door reinforcement bars. The lawsuit also alleges defective fuel lines on the car.
Walker’s daughter says that the accident could have been prevented or would have been survivable with the safety features. Both men were wearing seat belts, and their airbags deployed.
When a family loses a loved one in a car accident, they may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. This might be another driver or a company. If a driver is negligent while on the job, the driver’s employer might also be liable. A case may be more straightforward when there is no dispute about the cause of the accident, but a lawsuit can also be filed when the family has evidence that contradicts official reports.
Source: CNN, “Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over father’s death,” Ed Payne, Sept. 29, 2015