Porsche is not taking a lawsuit against them for the death of Paul Walker lightly. Attorneys for the car company are stating that The Fast and the Furious actor is responsible for his own death in a car crash that happened over Thanksgiving weekend 2013. They claim that Paul Walker knew full well the risks of driving shotgun in the 2005 Carrera GT that took his life. And they assert that he conducted himself in a manner that ultimately led to his death nearly two years ago.
Lawyers for Porsche filed documents this past Thursday placing all of the blame on the 40-year-old Paul Walker. The actor had been sitting next to his longtime friend Roger Rodas, who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed on November 30, 2013. Rodas was traveling at what is considered an unsafe speed, going 90 miles an hour before he slammed into trees and a concrete street light. The impact of the crash killed both men instantly. Attorneys for Porsche had this to say in court documents.
"Mr. Walker's death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Mr. Walker's own comparative fault."
Porsche goes onto maintain that the Carrera was not properly maintained, and that it was misused on this particular occasion. Paul Walker, who was an auto buff and car enthusiast, is being called a 'knowledgeable and sophisticated user' of the sports car by the company. The response comes two months after Meadow Walker, Paul's daughter, sued Porsche in a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Jeff Milam, the young woman's attorney, claims that Porsche is deflecting responsibility in the death of the actor. And goes onto state that the Carrera GT was not designed to protect occupants in a crash. This includes times when the vehicle is being driven at speeds below its advertised capabilities. The attorney stated the following.
"If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming 'Fast and Furious 8,' and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored."
The lawsuit filled by Meadow Walker claims that Porsche took safety shortcuts in building this particular car. And that the car was marketed as a race car with 605-horsepower engine capable of up to 205 mph. Porche is reported to have known about the car's instability. Despite this, they never added any type of control system that addressed the issue.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol investigators confirmed at the time of the crash that the Carrera GT was being driven at unsafe speeds. And that was the sole cause of the accident, and had nothing to do with mechanical problems. It is not yet known how this case will move forward at this time.