For nearly 15 years, the Fast & Furious movie franchise has produced a consistent string of blockbuster hits due to their action packed storylines, breathtaking scenes and stellar castings.
However, in November 2013, the movie series and its fans lost a lead actor, Paul Walker, after he was involved in a high-speed crash in his limited-edition 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
Meadow Walker, the deceased actor’s daughter, filed a lawsuit claiming that Paul Walker died in “a dangerous car that doesn’t belong on the street.” The car she is talking about is the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. She is suing for negligence and wrongful death, alleging that Porsche had failed to install necessary safety features and that the seat belt was defective. “Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today. [The seat belt] snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and 20 seconds later.” She also talked about the vehicles complete lack of stability control, which is standard for almost all high end cars.
The car manufacturer are now seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, as they are claiming the vehicle in question had been “abused and altered”, as well as “misused and improperly maintained”.
Altogether, within their seven page filing, they are claiming that passenger Paul Walker, and driver, Roger Rodas, were fully aware of the risks upon entering the car, and their deaths are essentially down to their “own comparative fault”.
The crash occurred when the friends left together at 3:30am after an event for Walker’s own charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Their car then collided with a lamppost in a 45mph zone on a Californian street, with security cameras later discovering that the car must have been travelling around 90-100mph.
“PCNA alleges that Mr Walker knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera GT, that the perils, risk and danger were open and obvious and known to him, and that he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle. Mr Walker’s voluntary assumption of the risk should bar the plaintiff’s recovery or, in the alternative, should reduce the plaintiff’s right to recovery from PCNA in an amount equivalent to Mr Walker’s fault.”
This is a contrast to Meadow Walker’s suit, in which she accused the Volkswagen-owned car maker of knowing that the car had “history of instability and control issues”.
Walker’s death led to a temporary halt in production of “Furious 7,” an action movie in the “Fast & Furious” franchise about illegal streetcar racing.
The film was released this year after Walker’s brothers helped finish his scenes.