Porsche Settles Paul Walker’s Wrongful Death Suit

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost four years since Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident. While his passing isn’t widely discussed anymore, his daughter has been grappling with the loss as well as the outcome of an important lawsuit. 

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Meadow Walker filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche after her father was killed in the high-speed crash while a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT.

The German car company reportedly came to a settlement with the 18-year-old on October 16, 2017 but the terms have been kept under wraps. Both parties have now requested for a dismissal of the suit.

What was the basis of the litigation? It was alleged that Porsche knew that the Porsche Carrera GT “lacked safety features…that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash” and that the car “had a history of instability and control issues.”

The suit also claimed that Porsche “failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.”

This might all be true but the investigation determined that the cause of the crash was actually the result of speeding. Of course, the actual speed Roger Rodas was going has been debated and there’s also the issue of the potentially ”defective” seat belt that prevented Walker from being able to escape the burning vehicle.

Regardless, Meadow Walker was awarded $10.1 million by the estate of Rodas back in 2016 but if the car is to blame, why did the Rodas family have to pay anything? Meadow’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, claims that the driver should have known about the defect before operating the vehicle. 

This is a complicated and delicate issue but, with the lawsuit against Porsche resolved, let’s hope Meadow Walker can begin to heal after such a painful and devastating loss.

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