Paul Walker’s Daughter Settles with Porsche
Meadow Walker Receives a Confidential Settlement from Porsche
You may recall the tragic news of Paul Walker, the famous actor, losing his life at the young age of only 40-years-old while riding as a passenger in a Porsch Carrera GT back in November of 2013. In fact, I distincly remember seeing almost every female on my Facebook account, every news outlet, etc. mouring the Fast and Furious star’s life for nearly a month (receiving almost as much attention as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, and the entertainer Prince). In September of 2015, the actor’s daughter (whom was only 16 years of age at the time) filed a lawsuit against Porshe, stating that the car was not safe and should not have been on the road in the first place. After 2 years, the two parties have finally come to a fair agreement/settlement, thereby ending the lawsuit.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, a close friend and financial advisor to Paul Walker, went for a stroll down the road near a car shop that Roger Rodas owned in the 2005 Porche Carrera GT. The car, along with its original tires, were both 9 years old at the time. During their joyride, which entailed high speeds and sharp corners, Rodas lost control of the vehicle, ultimately wrapping the vehicle around a tree. The collision instantly killed Rodas and took Paul Walker’s life shortly after.
While it was obvious to pretty much everybody that had heard about the incident that the high speeds and reckless driving were ultimately responsible for the fatal crash, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Meadow Walker and her lawyers announced their lawsuit against the sports car company. Most likely, the young mourning actress was talked into the lawsuit by her greedy attorneys. Walker’s lawsuit claimed that the vehicle carrying the passengers lacked basic safety components that should have been present in the vehicle, such as an electronic stability control system (to prevent swerving and loss of control) and adequate reinforcement bars, as well as a defective fuel lines.
An investigation, conducted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office, concluded that the cause of the accident was ultimately from traveling at speeds too high for road conditions. However, an autopsy suggested that the actor may not have necessarily died at the time of impact, but that he most likely died before the car erupted in flames and burned the actor. Due to this information and the standard risks of these types of lawsuits, Porche decided to compensate Paul Walker’s daughter an amount that remains confidential. Walker’s daughter had also filed a separate lawsuit against the estate of Rodas which was settled in 2016, awarding the young actress $10.1 million.