It was a very tragic day when film star Paul Walker died in a car crash. Fans the world over morned the passing of this Fast and Furious lead actor who was taken long before his time. Paul was the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend Roger Rodas when he lost control of the car and crashed. It caught fire upon impact and claimed both of their lives. Today news comes that Walker’s Daughter is attempting to sue Porsche claiming that the car was unsafe. After reviewing the facts, it is with a heavy heart that I must say that I disagree.
Paul Walker famously said “If one day the speed kills me, don’t cry because I was smiling.” The car was doing an estimated 94 MPH when Rodas lost control on a public road where the limit was 45 MPH. Walker’s daughter claims that the seatbelt broke his ribs and pelvis preventing his escape from the burning car. According to her law suit the car was not equipped with enough safety equipment and Porsche “cut corners.”
I am so sorry for Meadow’s loss (Paul Walker’s daughter who is now 16) but it is grief and frustration that leads her, not logic.
In most substantial car crashes you can expect broken ribs as the seatbelt holds you in place preventing you from flying forwards. Whilst you don’t move from your seat, you still impact the seatbelt and damage done via this deceleration is directly proportional to how fast you were traveling. Remember they would have gone from 94 MPH to 0 MPH in a split second. Meadow’s legal case argues that the car was going slower, however, this contradicts experts that calculated its speed at the scene of the crash. This seatbelt in the Porsche Carrera GT behaved just as any other seatbelt would have. The simple fact is that if they were not traveling so quickly, or driving so recklessly, the damage done by the belt would have been less and the resulting fire likely would not have started. A Porsche Carrera GT is a highly strung car, but so are most with 558HP. It passed all of the crash tests required of it when new and met all regulations.
It is simply wrong to blame Porsche for this loss of life.