The forces involved in a car accident do not care if a driver is famous or average, young or old, rich or poor. In fact, accidents do not discriminate in any manner and can kill or injure a passenger at any time and in any place in the nation, including Chicago. Even famous actors and royalty have been the victims of car accidents over the years.
Unfortunately, the list of celebrities killed in car accidents grew by one on Saturday when actor Paul Walker lost his life in a single vehicle crash in California. Walker, best known for his starring role in the Fast & Furious franchise, was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT at approximately 3:30 p.m. with a friend behind the wheel. Walker had been participating in a charity event north of Hollywood when the two individuals were riding in the Porche and the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle.
The car carrying Walker left the road surface and struck a light pole, causing a violent collision that led to the car becoming engulfed in flames. Police are still investigating but believe that speed may have been a factor and noted that there were tire marks in the area of the crash that suggested a driver was attempting to turn Figure 8s, though it has not been confirmed that these tire marks were related to Walker’s crash.
Walker’s death by car accident seems ironic to many as his most famous role was that of Brian O’Connor, a cop-turned-outlaw who engaged in street racing and, later, heists involving car racing in the Fast & Furious franchise. Though his character starred in five of the six films and was planned to be a focus of the seventh entry in the franchise, in the end, Walker may have been the victim of a speed-induced accident in real life.
Each car accident is different but the laws in Phoenix and Arizona allow all accident victims who were injured the possibility of a civil claim against the individual liable for the accident, whether that is the driver of a car in which the victim was riding, the driver of another car, the owner of a car negligently driven, or even the employer of a driver who acted negligently.
After a crash, it is important to know whether you have a right to make a recovery for your damages, including any injuries you incurred, any wages you will be unable to earn, and your pain and suffering. In the case of a victim losing his or her life in a crash, the right to make a recovery may be available to that victim’s family to compensate them for their losses.
If you have been a victim in a car accident, call the lawyer at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free, no obligation telephone consultation regarding your right to a financial recovery. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call at (602) 819-5191 or toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER. Do not let yourself continue to be victimized after a crash; call us today and let us help you towards a path of recovery.
Prior Blog Entry:
Bicyclist Killed While Riding in El Tour de Tucson, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published November 25, 2013.
‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker killed in car crash, by Alan Duke and Joe Sutton, CNN, published December 1, 2013.