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Porsche faces lawsuit in connection with actor's death

It has been reported that the daughter of Paul Walker, the late actor who starred in the "Fast and Furious" movie series, is suing Porsche. In the wrongful death suit, the actor's daughter and her lawyers allege that the manufacturer is to blame for the star's fatal single-car accident because the car he was a passenger in, a 2005 Carrera GT, lacked essential safety features. The crash killed the 40-year-old actor and his 38-year-old driver in Southern California on November 30.

According to the report, the lawsuit, which was filed against Porsche Cars North America on Sept. 28, contends that the actor would have survived had it not been for certain design defects in the 2005 Carrera GT sports car. The suit also states that the car's rubber fuel lines were defective, its side door reinforcement bars were unusually weak and that the car lacked an electronic stability control system, which would have kept the car from swerving.

However, the initial police investigation showed that speeding and road conditions caused the fatal crash, not mechanical failure. Officials also found that the car was traveling around 90 mph in a 45 mph zone when the car hit some trees and a utility pole. This account varies slightly from the coroner's report that stated the vehicle was traveling 100 mph. The lawsuit, however, claims the men were traveling about 65 mph right before the crash. The report further stated that neither Mr. Walker nor the driver had alcohol or drugs in their systems.

When a loved one dies in a car accident because the vehicle was defectively designed, surviving family members may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. An attorney could assist the family in determining the amount of compensation that should be sought. Results from the police investigation report, medical records and traffic camera footage are generally presented as evidence in these cases to demonstrate liability.

Source: CNN, "Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche over father's death", Ed Payne, Sept 29, 2015

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