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Paul Walker’s friend, Roger Rodas, was driving the Porsche when both of them were in a fatal car accident after leaving a charity fundraiser. Rodas was driving 55 mph when the vehicle spun out of control, struck multiple objects and burst into flames. The son and daughter of Rodas have now filed a lawsuit against Porsche claiming that the vehicle was defective and unfit for the road. Car accidents that occur when drivers lose control of their vehicle also happen in RI. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact a RI car accident lawyer.

What Are The Alleged Vehicle Defects?

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The lawsuit alleges that the vehicle was not in compliance with industry safety and manufacturing standards. Specifically, the car lacked a control system that would have prevented the crash. Electronic stability control devices are found in many cars today that control can control a vehicle’s tires when they lose traction. The lawsuit also follows similar allegations of defects filed by members of Walker’s family such as weak welds on reinforcement bars, defective rubber fuel lines and defective seat belts.

How Can Vehicle Defects Cause Injuries In Car Accidents?

Vehicles manufactured with defects injure occupants in car accidents when they fail to protect them. Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to make vehicles that are free of defects and safe to operate. Manufacturers must also make sure that safety features, such as seatbelts and airbags, actually protect occupants in the event of a crash. This means that the manufacturer should take into the account that the vehicle will likely be involved in an accident and take steps to adequately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Injuries that can result from a vehicle defects include spinal cord trauma, brain damage, fractures and internal injuries.

Contact a RI Car Accident Lawyer

personal-injury-lawyerIf you or someone you know has been injured a car accident, contact one of our experienced RI car accident lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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