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Jim Bow
09-29-2015, 04:42 PM
An actor named Paul Walker died when the Porsche he was riding in struck a tree at close to 100 mph. It was being driven on a city street posted 45 mph.
Now, two years later, his 16 year old daughter is suing Porsche. The lawsuit claims the seatbelt was faulty. Do you think she came up with the idea on her own?
http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2169714!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_635/obit-paul-walker.jpg

seanz
09-29-2015, 04:45 PM
No. She probably didn't. Hard case to argue. Do seatbelts really have to survive the total destruction of the vehicle?

CWSmith
09-29-2015, 04:46 PM
An actor named Paul Walker died when the Porsche he was riding in struck a tree at close to 100 mph. It was being driven on a city street posted 45 mph.
Now, two years later, his 16 year old daughter is suing Porsche. The lawsuit claims the seatbelt was faulty. Do you think she came up with the idea on her own?


100 mph on a city street? Her father was behaving irresponsibly and it got him killed. I'm sorry for her, but she should not blame anyone but her father.

Reynard38
09-29-2015, 04:48 PM
I believe Paul was a passenger in the car at the time.

Frivolous suit. The belt wouldn't have made a difference.

Peerie Maa
09-29-2015, 04:50 PM
I doubt that a seat belt will save you when decelerating from 100mph to zero in a couple of feet. The G force must have been phenomenal.

Paul Pless
09-29-2015, 04:54 PM
228mph to 0 and survived, in a rather less robust car than an enclosed modern sports car (the carrera gt walker died in shares the monocoque safety cell of porsches then lmp car)
i believe piquet absorbed more than 100g's in this crash


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW-dSwYlQLE

KMacDonald
09-29-2015, 04:59 PM
Should be able to drive it home.;)

KMacDonald
09-29-2015, 05:58 PM
Think I can get it repaired before dad gets home?

Captain Intrepid
09-29-2015, 06:16 PM
228mph to 0 and survived, in a rather less robust car than an enclosed modern sports car (the carrera gt walker died in shares the monocoque safety cell of porsches then lmp car)
i believe piquet absorbed more than 100g's in this crash


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW-dSwYlQLE

It's crazy what the human body can survive. The highest g force survived and recorded was when an idiot named Kenny Bräck crashed his racecar. 214g.

SullivanB
09-29-2015, 06:30 PM
Although these "facts" are all conjecture on my part, consider this. Assuming that the young lady's mother is out of the picture (only the daughter is mentioned) and if a guardian's been appointed to look after her interests, that person is likely the motivator. It would be that person's duty to protect and preserve any legal remedies that might be available to the child as the result of the accident. That would include seeking legal advice, in order to know what they might be. If any of you'd been charged as guardian of the child, you'd likely have done the same, and done it well, I'm sure.

If it's two years since the accident that the suit was filed, as has been said, it's a good bet that it was filed to preserve causes of action against Porsche and maybe other named defendants before the applicable period of limitations expired. Since Walker was a passenger, I'd bet a dollar that there are other defendants named in the suit or that there have already been settlements in the matter, including the driver's estate almost for sure.

seanz
09-29-2015, 06:53 PM
The accident details are much as I remember them from the time. Speed and old tyres...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Walker#Death

Reynard38
09-29-2015, 08:04 PM
228mph to 0 and survived, in a rather less robust car than an enclosed modern sports car (the carrera gt walker died in shares the monocoque safety cell of porsches then lmp car)
i believe piquet absorbed more than 100g's in this crash


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW-dSwYlQLE

6 point harness, HANS device, helmet. Plus a race cockpit is a very different place than even a supercar cabin.

Paul Pless
09-29-2015, 08:07 PM
pre-HANS device
also pre frontal length rule for CART, which stipulates that the drivers feet must be behind the centerline of the front wheels

Breakaway
09-29-2015, 08:08 PM
I doubt that a seat belt will save you when decelerating from 100mph to zero in a couple of feet. The G force must have been phenomenal.

I've had this happen when I stuffed the bow of fast powerboats on an occasion or two: it scares you but doesn't kill you.

Kevin

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Jim Bow
09-29-2015, 09:45 PM
Although these "facts" are all conjecture on my part, consider this. Assuming that the young lady's mother is out of the picture (only the daughter is mentioned) and if a guardian's been appointed to look after her interests, that person is likely the motivator. It would be that person's duty to protect and preserve any legal remedies that might be available to the child as the result of the accident. That would include seeking legal advice, in order to know what they might be. If any of you'd been charged as guardian of the child, you'd likely have done the same, and done it well, I'm sure.

If it's two years since the accident that the suit was filed, as has been said, it's a good bet that it was filed to preserve causes of action against Porsche and maybe other named defendants before the applicable period of limitations expired. Since Walker was a passenger, I'd bet a dollar that there are other defendants named in the suit or that there have already been settlements in the matter, including the driver's estate almost for sure.

Well, I guess it falls under "due diligence", when you explain it that way.

Her attorney has released details: http://www.examiner.com/article/paul-walker-shocking-death-details-revealed-wrongful-death-suit

bluedog225
09-29-2015, 10:09 PM
Lawyers don't sue people; people sue people.

(I don't come down here much. Am I doing this right?)

CK 17
09-30-2015, 01:34 AM
Lawyers don't sue people; people sue people.

(I don't come down here much. Am I doing this right?)
Yes, very snarky. Snarky works down here. . .

seanz
09-30-2015, 03:01 AM
Lawyers don't sue people; people sue people.

(I don't come down here much. Am I doing this right?)


Half the problem is that you have so many lawyers...

Peerie Maa
09-30-2015, 03:05 AM
Her attorney has released details: http://www.examiner.com/article/paul-walker-shocking-death-details-revealed-wrongful-death-suit

The autopsy disagrees with this lawyers statements. No smoke inhalation, so the fire did not kill him.

SullivanB
09-30-2015, 09:49 AM
Well, I guess it falls under "due diligence", when you explain it that way.

Her attorney has released details: http://www.examiner.com/article/paul-walker-shocking-death-details-revealed-wrongful-death-suit

I'd not be surprised if ambulance chasers were at the scene or at the hospital shortly after the first responders. They do exist and some are incredibly aggressive in their "altogether altruistic pursuit of justice for the aggrieved". :d I just wanted to add some additional perspective, since it's usually more complicated and not as "black and white" as we might first think.