Almost two years after Paul Walker was killed in a car accident, his daughter Meadow filed a death lawsuit alleging that Porsche failed to instal necessary safety features in the car. But now, in less than two months, the automobile company has responded to this claim by blaming Paul Walker for his own death.
Walker died in a car accident halfway through the filming of "Fast & Furious 7". His death came as a shock to many of his fans, who were accustomed to seeing the actor drive high-powered cars in all the six previous "Fast & Furious" films.
While fans were still coming terms to Paul's death, a lot happened in the "Fast & Furious" franchise as "Fast & Furious 8" was announced by Vin Diesel as a tribute to Paul. On the other hand, Paul's daughter decided to sue Porsche alleging that the Porsche Carrera GT he was driving lacked safety features that could have prevented the accident.
And now, within two months of these accusations, Porsche has responded, claiming: "Paul knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera GT."
Porsche Cars North America further said Walker's "death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of [his] own comparative fault".
The company said Meadow would not receive any compensation because her father was "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT". Also, the car was "abused and altered" and "misused and improperly maintained".
But, Meadow's attorney has reportedly rubbished the claims made by Porsche. The attorney's response reads: "It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim — Paul Walker — for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera GT. Contrary to Porsche's assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle's advertised capabilities."
The statement concludes, "If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming Fast and Furious 8, and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored."