Last year the car crash and death of actor Paul Walker was national news. Now, the widow of the man who crashed into Walker is suing the automaker of his Porsche car, claiming design flaws in the vehicle was the cause of the crash, and Walker's subsequent death.
Kristine Rodas, the widow of the man who crashed into Walker, alleges her husband was driving around 55 miles per hour before he crashed. Although the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was capable of more than 200 miles per hour, Rodas' lawsuit alleges the Porsche did not have a proper crash cage and gas tank safety features. Additionally, the lawsuit claims the car's suspension system failed and caused it to swerve out of control of the driver. According to Rodas, these safety features would have saved the lives of all parties involved in the crash. The lawsuit claims, "The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose."
There are various investigations pending regarding the crash and the vehicles involved. Rodas was a trained race car driver and therefore would probably face a higher standard of care while driving because of his specialized skill and knowledge. However, if the vehicle defects can be proven true, this evidence would probably greatly impact his fault in the crash.
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