Was the Porsche Carerra GT traveling at 95 or 55 miles per hour when it collided with a tree, in a high-profile crash that killed “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and the car’s driver?
Police investigators attribute the accident to excessive (you might say extreme) speed. But the widow of driver Roger Rodas claims in a wrongful death suit against Porsche that her husband was driving at 55 mph, and the car was defective. Her complaint, filed last week, claims that the car 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.”
Mrs. Rodas’s attorneys cite — among other alleged defects — the Porsche’s high-performance suspension.
Parties on either side of any automotive lawsuit can benefit by analyzing data from the brand’s overall owner experience. Habeas Hard Drive therefore would direct Porsche to its own enormous trove of user data contained in the service records of Porsche owners. Databases from Prosche dealers, or the factory, may contain information from the on-board computers and sensors on all Carerra GT models. A thorough analysis would identify anomalies in suspension performance, and patterns might emerge.
Additionally, the stored GPS system data might reveal whether there are any incidents where the same model has veered off the road.
Important early steps in these cases: For plaintiffs, letters of preservation that preserve this type of data. For defense, the proper collection of digital evidence could be critical in these expensive lawsuits.