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In a time when we are becoming more and more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, did it ever occur to the founders of Uber that they might be exposing themselves to liability by creating a service where drivers must constantly engage with an app while operating a moving vehicle?
Did it ever occur to them that they had an immense responsibility to a trusting public to make sure that their drivers were well-vetted and trained to maximize the safety of their customers and others out on the American roads?
Just ask the family of 6-year-old Sophia Liu, a beautiful child tragically killed by an Uber driver while moving through a crosswalk with her family.
Shamefully, Uber’s first instinct in this case was to deny responsibility. The company argued that since the driver was not actually transporting a passenger at the time of the accident then he was not officially “on duty.”
He was, however, actively using the Uber application that all drivers must use to pick up their next rides.
Of course he was on duty. Of course Uber was at fault.
Thanks to the work of brilliant Uber lawsuit lawyers, not only was Uber found legally liable and forced to compensate the Liu family, but a new law was enacted in California forcing ride-sharing companies to carry one million dollars in liability insurance.
This new law opens to the door for innocent victims to be made whole for any accident involving an Uber driver. Even if the Uber driver was not at fault, the law protects victims in cases where the at-fault party may be underinsured.
Sadly, the need for such a law has been all too prevalent since the Liu case in 2013.
In November, 2015, Sarah Milburn, just 23-years-old, was out on the town enjoying life with good friends. At the end of the night, Sarah made what seemed like the most rational and responsible decision – she called Uber for a ride for home.
Despite her reasonable expectation of receiving safe and competent transport, Ms. Milburn suffered devastating injuries when her Uber driver ran a red light and was hit by oncoming traffic.
The following month brought two more tragedies. Another innocent young person, 20-year-old Pablo Sanchez Jr. called Uber for a safe ride home from a Miami nightclub. Again, a negligent driver made an illegal turn into traffic. Other passengers in the vehicle reported seeing the driver glance at his app just prior to the accident.
The next victim that month was nurse Jean Day, who suffered brain damage forcing her to undergo repeated surgeries and medical procedures after another Uber accident. A subsequent lawsuit has alleged that the driver was not qualified and had not been properly supervised and/or trained by Uber.
A few months later, in April of 2016, 28-year-old Corey Allicock lost his life in a collision near Orlando, Florida.
What we see here, again and again, are young people with so much ahead of them, out enjoying their lives. These are people who were trying to do the right thing, trying to protect themselves from danger, people who put their trust in Uber to get them home safely.
If Uber is going to present themselves as worthy of this trust, if they are going to hold themselves up as the rational and safe alternative for those seeking transportation, then they must be prepared to accept responsibility when this trust is shattered.
And if they do not willingly accept this responsibility, then our Uber lawsuit lawyers at Kristensen Weisberg, LLP will hold their feet to the fire.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any way by an accident involving Uber, whether you were a passenger or a pedestrian, whether you were in the Uber vehicle or another vehicle, whether the Uber driver was at fault or not, contact our Uber lawsuit lawyers today at 310-984-1297 or fill out an intake form at our contact page for a no-cost assessment of your case.