Walker Porsche Case Could End The Supercar In America


Before and after, Porsche Carrera GT and the remains of the
car in which Rodas and Walker died.
The death of Paul Walker in a high-speed accident two years ago was a tragedy. Walker was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas that left the road and ploughed into a tree at 94mph according to police accident investigators. This occurred on a road with a 45mph speed limit with pedestrians present.
 
Walker's daughter, Meadow is understandably looking for someone to blame for this accident. As the accident occurred in the US 'blame' also means 'sue'.
 
Rodas was clearly driving with an unbelievable level of disregard for his own and his passengers safety, never mind other road users who may have been in the path of the accident.
 
However suing Rodas clearly doesn't generate enough possible revenue for Meadow Walker (or more likely the ambulance chasers who are guiding her in this case) so Porsche is in the firing line, apparently for not providing safety equipment that could have prevented the accident or allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.
 
Given the speed involved and the size of the impact  I'd suggest that nothing short of divine intervention would have made that crash survivable.
 
As to preventing the crash, the only thing which could have done that would have been more circumspect driving. Once again, something Porsche doesn't really have the ability to control.
 
Which leaves me wondering, if Porsche is convicted and ordered to pay (what will probably be quite hefty) compensation, where does it leave the market for fast cars?
 
In providing a car capable of performing at quite astonishing levels, makers aren't able to also imbue the buyer and any allowed drivers with the common sense, skill and intelligence to treat that power with respect. Any fatal accident could in theory be prevented if the car manufacturer worked hard enough and provided enough automatic safety features.
 
In Japan the Nissan GT-R is performance limited except when the GPS reports that it is at a race circuit. Will all performance cars have to follow suit? More than that, will manufacturers have to emasculate their cars performance and enforce posted speed limits using technology on any vehicle?
 
If this ruling goes against Porsche I would suggest that they would.

For Meadow Walker nothing is going to bring her father back. I doubt that a huge payout would bring closure either. There just doesn't seem to be a smoking gun here, unless the aim is to make it impossible to drive cars outside of the speed limit.

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