It is now being reported that Sheriff’s investigators have asked Porsche to provide them with engineers who can provide a complete analysis of the Porsche GT and help the investigators in their understanding of how this crash occurred.
The police report will not be ready for several months and no cause of the crash has yet been determined.
On November 30th, 2013 actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died in a tragic single-vehicle accident in Santa Clarita, California.
The accident has received nearly non-stop media coverage given Walker’s popularity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and Roger’s family, friends and loved ones.
While the police report will take several months to complete (and maybe even longer), one of the most important pieces into the cause of the crash is the vehicle they were riding in, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
As a personal injury and wrongful death law firm, we examine every possible cause of any incident. This includes defective design, manufacturing and sales of dangerous products – in other words, products that never should be in the consumer marketplace to begin with.
Is the Porsche Carrera GT a dangerous or defective vehicle? Only a thorough examination by lawyers and experts can answer that question. However, there are important steps that must be taken immediately to preserve what remains of the 2005 Porsche Carrerra GT, owned and driven at the time of the crash by Roger Rodas.
We are certain at this point that the vehicle is being held in custody by the police department. While we expect nothing less than a thorough, intensive and proper investigation of the vehicle, the police are not engineers, experts, mechanics or lawyers who can determine not only whether the vehicle had problems, or whether it meets the consumer expectation test and other strict liability laws in California.
Part of a potential product liability claim against Porsche would include the following:
- Mechanical problem;
- Design defect;
- Manufacturing defect;
- Failing to meet the standards of consumer vehicle expectations
This particular model Porsche Carrera GT was only manufactured in 2004 – 2007. The front located fuel tank, carbon fiber body, no traction control, and no fixed roof, make it a rather unusual vehicle. This particular model does not have the Porsche Stability Management System (PSMS) which allows the cars to communicate between its front and rear tires. The design of the Porsche Carrera GT certainly has all the ingredients to make this a very dangerous car.
The Porsche Carrera GT has been known to have extremely difficult and sensitive handling. In a previous lawsuit filed against Porsche for a fatal accident involving a Porsche Carrera GT an engineer testified under oath “that Porsche did not think that its PSM system would work on the CGT because the car’s frame structure and suspension mountings would create strong vibrations that would interfere with its operation.”
Walter Rohrl, a former racecar driver and test driver for Porsche said that the Porsche Carrera GT is the “first car in my life that I drive and I feel scared.”
Dough DeMuro, a former Porsche executive said “My favorite car ever, in the whole world, but man are they dangerous. A close friend of mine has one here and I refuse to let him take me for a ride — even the pros at the driving school in Birmingham were really cautious with it. If you’re ever offered a ride, definitely think twice about it… and if you ever get the chance to drive, for God’s sake be careful!”
HISTORY OF PORSCHE CARRERA GT LAWSUITS
On June 2, 2005, Benjamin Keaton and his passenger Corey Rudl were both killed when Keaton lost control of his Porsche Carrera GT and slammed into a barrier, and then bursting into flames. Tracy Rudl, wife of Corey Rudl, filed a lawsuit against several including Porsche contributed to the settlement of approximately $4.5 million dollars.
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