Lawsuit: Porsche carrying Paul Walker was going 55, not 94

by Walter Olson on May 14, 2014

After the spectacular crash of a Porsche Carrera GT killed driver Roger Rodas and his passenger, Hollywood actor Paul Walker, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol investigated and concluded that the crash was due not to mechanical problems but to unsafe speeds of up to 94 mph; the vehicle crashed into three trees. Longtime Overlawyered favorite attorney Mark Geragos “said he hired the top experts in the country” for an unbiased evaluation. The resulting wrongful death lawsuit by Kristine M. Rodas against automaker Porsche “says her husband was driving at 55 mph” contrary to the official version. [New York Post]

{ 8 comments }

1 ras 05.14.14 at 9:44 am

How much does an unbiased opinion cost?

2 MattS 05.14.14 at 12:03 pm

ras,

Unbiased people are in short supply, so I imagine that it would be fairly expensive.

3 Jay Dee 05.14.14 at 12:14 pm

The speed at the moment of impact is seldom at the original speed. The driver recognizes the hazard and reduces throttle and/or steps on the brake pedal. While the original vehicle speed may have been 94 mph, the actual collision could have been 55 mph from reading the black box aboard the car. An actual collision speed of 55 mph is not really a survivable impact.

4 Roger Bournival 05.14.14 at 5:32 pm

Is this an example of ‘reasonable doubt at a reasonable price’?

5 No Name Guy 05.14.14 at 6:18 pm

Ras: But a small fraction of the sums one expects to extract from Porsche. /snark

6 ras 05.14.14 at 6:22 pm

Unbiased people are in short supply, so I imagine that it would be fairly expensive.

Is that your unbiased opinion? Damn, how much do I owe?!

7 VMS 05.14.14 at 7:37 pm

@Jay Dee Here, the impact speed was probably very close to the original speed. Look at the damage to that car! Seeing that you are about to crash at 94 MPH may allow you to slow to slightly over 90 before impact, whereas if you are driving at 25 MPH and see a car appear in front of you, you, you may be able to slow to 5 mph or even stop altogether.

These “experts” will be givin’ the old razzle dazzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-zEtAuKuUY&feature=player_detailpage#t=0

8 MattS 05.15.14 at 10:02 am

ras,

“Is that your unbiased opinion? Damn, how much do I owe?!”

Consider it a free sample.

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