In late November, "Fast & Furious" franchise star Paul Walker was killed in a one-vehicle accident after the Porsche Carrera GT he was traveling in spun out of control, hitting a tree and lamppost before bursting into flames.
Although police investigators - and millions of shocked fans across the globe - suspected speed was a factor in the crash, a recent report confirmed that high speed was indeed a major contributing factor in the Santa Clara, CA crash, which also claimed the life of driver Roger Rodas, Walker's business partner.
As our car accident lawyers in Detroit know, this accident serves as a tragic reminder that high-speed collisions can happen in a matter of seconds and lead to catastrophic, oftentimes fatal injuries for a vehicle's occupants.
High-profile crash reveals risks of speeding
According to the Detroit Free Press, a Los Angeles County Corner report released in early January indicated that the Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas was traveling at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour at the time of their November 30 car crash.
Prior to the crash, Walker and Rodas had recently left a fundraising event for Walker's Reach Out Worldwide charity. The car spun out of control and struck both a tree and a lamppost, with the force of the impact nearly splitting the car in half.
The report issued by the Los Angeles County Corner's office notes that prior to the accident, Rodas was traveling at "unsafe speed" and lost control of the car "for unknown reasons." Toxicology reports revealed that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident.
Autopsy reports indicated that the cause of death was ruled the "effect of traumatic and thermal injuries" that included a fractured left mandible and left clavicle, multiple rib and pelvic fractures, spinal fractures, and severe burn injuries from a powerful fire that engulfed the vehicle moments after the crash.
The dangers of speeding in Michigan
High-speeds contribute to approximately one-third of traffic fatalities across the United States, according to the National Safety Council, or 13,000 accident-related fatalities each year.
Despite surveys that indicate drivers believe speeding to be a threat to their safety, surveys also indicate that many drivers admitted to speeding because they're either in a hurry, inattentive to their driving, or simply because they don't take traffic laws seriously or they don't believe that their driving behavior is dangerous.
But vehicles that exceed the speed limit are typically more difficult to maneuver and control. Speeding can lead to additional reckless behaviors such as passing other vehicles and ignoring stop signals, leaving vehicle occupants - and all others who come into contact with the vehicle - at high risk.
Unfortunately, the accident involving Walker is a tragic reminder that high-speed collisions happen every day across the United States - and that these accidents often have fatal consequences for those involved.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, don't hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer in Detroit. Contact Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. today. Call 866-465-9095 for a free case consultation.