Louisiana movie fans may be interested to learn that the late actor Paul Walker's father has filed a suit against Porsche for wrongful death and negligence in state court in Los Angeles. The father is currently serving as the executor of his son's estate. The wife of the man driving the car at the time of the accident has a current, pending federal lawsuit against the car manufacturer, and Paul Walker's daughter also has a currently pending lawsuit against Porsche.
Mr. Walker's father is alleging in his lawsuit that the manufacturer failed to include certain safety features in the Porsche Carrera GT in which Mr. Walker was a passenger. Those include reinforced doors, a breakaway fuel line and stability control features. The suit alleges that Mr. Walker might have survived if the manufacturer had included those features on the car.
According to the lawsuit, the car was traveling between 63 and 71 miles per hour when it crashed, an allegation also made in the daughter's lawsuit. The company disputes that, stating that an accident investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling at around 94 mph when the driver lost control of it, striking trees and bursting into flames. The amount of damages his father is seeking is not specified in the complaint.
When a person is killed due to a defective product, surviving family members may be able to hold the manufacturer liable through filing a wrongful death lawsuit based on a theory of products liability. Damages that are often sought can include funeral and burial expenses and other applicable amounts that may be permitted under the state's wrongful death statute. People may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about their own loved ones' cases.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Paul Walker's dad files wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche," Nov. 26, 2015