According to Gawker, Porsche is claiming they are not responsible for the car crash that resulted in the death of actor Paul Walker. The car company was responding to the recent wrongful death lawsuit, which has been filed by the ‘Fast & Furious’ star’s daughter, Meadow Walker. Porsche states that Walker’s death, and other damages and injury, were due to his ‘own comparative fault’.
The Hollywood star was involved in a car crash in November of 2013, when a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, that was being driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, spun uncontrollably on a street near L.A, hitting a power pole, and then exploding into flames. The car offers drivers the capability of speeding up to 205 miles per hour, and is referred to as a ‘race car that is licensed for roads’.
Gawker reports that Paul Walker’s teenage daughter has filed a suit, stating that the automaker did not install safety features in the car, that may have potentially avoided the accident and her father’s death. The lawsuit details flaws within the car, including a defective design of the GT’s seat belts. As a result of this seat belt flaw, the actor’s torso was snapped back with the force of thousands of pounds. The actor broke his pelvis and ribs; and the flaw also resulted in trapping the star in a position that was horizontal, where he was left helpless there, until the car exploded into the flames over a minute after the crash.
Porsche’s response? The automaker claims that the actor voluntarily and knowingly assumed all risk, including perils and danger, when it came to using the 2005 Carrera CT. The car company goes on to state that these risk, perils, and dangers were available and obvious to the actor; and he ultimately decided to proceed in a manner that left him open to these risks, perils, and dangers.