Paul Walkers daughter, Meadow Walker has filed a lawsuit against Porsche claiming that defects in the manufacturing of the Porsche Carrera GT caused Paul Walkers death. The lawsuit claims that the car did not have an electronic stability control system, which helps the driver maintain control in extreme conditions. The suit also claims that the car had inadequate side door reinforcement bars, a faulty fuel line, and a flawed seat belt system. “This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position,” the lawsuit states. “If these defects were not present in the car, Walker would be alive today.”
These defects would fall under “Product Liability law,” which causes thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. It use to be that the injured party would have had to purchase the defective product to be able to file a suit against the manufacturer. This is no longer true; the injured party does not have to be the purchaser of the product. In Walkers case, he was the passenger of his friend’s car, but a suit could be filed due to his death while riding in the vehicle with defects.
Liability for a defective product could lie with any party in the products distribution.
- The manufacturer
- The manufacturer of the components
- The assemblers or installers of such components
- The wholesaler
- The retailer or seller of the product
Second hand or used sales do not apply.
The list of defects could include Design defects, manufacturing defects, or marketing defects. Design defects take place from the beginning, before the product is manufactured. Manufacturing defects take place during assembly. Marketing defects take place when the product has improper labeling, insufficient instructions, or lack of safety warnings.
There are wide ranges of products that can be defective in your automobile. Including defective airbags, tires, suspension, seat belts, and computer systems just to name a few. The construction of the car can come into play as well. Was the structure of the car properly built? Did the structure of the car have enough reinforcement to handle a roll over accident, or side impact accident? All of these matters will come into play when dealing with an accident or wrongful death lawsuit.
Hiring an attorney that has experience in with these types of accidents is very important. At Phillips and Lyon, you will find the experience that is needed to handle you accident case under any circumstance. When you hire Phillips and Lyon, you really do hire Phillips and Lyon.