The crash in California that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas made national headlines on November 30, 2013. Rodas was driving 80 to 93 mph in a 45 mph zone when he crashed into a tree and the car burst into flames.
Rodas was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
The Lawsuit Against Porsche
Kristine Rodas, Rodas’ widow, has sued Porsche claiming that a car defect caused the crash. In the lawsuit, experts claim there was a suspension failure in the right rear wheel area, which caused the car’s back end to swing to the left and ultimately sent the vehicle slamming into the tree.
The lawsuit against Porsche also noted that the design of the car was originally meant for a race car. This means the car should have been equipped with safety features like a crash cage and racing fuel cell, in order to stop the vehicle from catching fire. The widow also claimed her late husband was an experienced race car driver, and therefore could not have caused the crash that killed him and the Fast and Furious star.
Why the Lawsuit Failed
Porsche has consistently claimed the model did not have any defects which led to the crash of the car. They maintain the car was in perfect condition so they couldn’t be liable for the crash.
Authorities have since ruled that the crash was caused by Rodas, because of his excessive speed which forced him to lose control of the car.
If authorities proved the car’s defective suspension caused the crash, Kristine Rodas could have won a lawsuit against Porsche. Her lawyers would have to prove three basic elements:
- The person involved was injured
- The part had a design defect that made the car unreasonably dangerous
- The defect is what caused the injury
Unfortunately for Rodas, she was never able to prove a defect.