The widow of Roger Rodas, the man driving the Porsche Carerra GT when it wrecked, causing the fiery crash that killed actor Paul Walker, has filed a lawsuit against Porsche, stating that design and mechanical flaws in the car caused the accident.
This does go against the findings of the law enforcement investigators, who found that "speed and speed alone" were to blame for the accident. Kristine Rodas' lawsuit claims that
"The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose."
The lawsuit specifies the lack of a crash cage, a failure in the car's suspension, and a lack of safety features in the gas tank.
The amount of damages the lawsuit demands from Porsche North America was not specified, and it's likely the trial will take a long time to resolve, with a great deal of argument and evaluation over the details of the accident.
On some level, an accident in a car as potent and powerful as a Carerra GT certainly doesn't have to be the result of any mechanical issues or design flaws; like all fast cars (or, really anything that moves), there's inherent danger in using the car, especially on public roads, and even for an experienced driver like Rodas. That doesn't necessarily mean a lawsuit is the answer.