San Francisco news is reporting that an Uber car driver is responsible for killing a girl in a New Years Eve traffic accident. According to reports, the Uber driver killed a 6-year-old female pedestrian. Uber has announced that the company has deactivated the driver's account and that "the driver was not providing services on the Uber system during the time of the accident." Observers note that the statement may imply that the driver was between fares at the time of the accident.
Uber cars are an alternative to the taxi industry. Such accidents put Uber and other ride sharing company's in the spotlight and leads to questions concerning the drivers and the company's' responsibility when its drivers get in accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in any motor vehicle accident, including in a ridesharing vehicle such as an Uber car, it is critical you consult with a top San Francisco personal injury attorney right away.
Uber initially denied involvement, but later acknowledged the driver worked for the company. Syed Muzzafar, the driver, stuck the little girl as well as her brother and mother, who we both treated for serious personal injuries at San Francisco General Hospital. Muzzafar has now been booked for vehicular manslaughter.
Whether Uber will be held responsible in a negligence lawsuit is unknown. Issues of liability concerning ride sharing companies are relatively new. While taxi or bus companies may be held liable for the actions of their drivers, it is unknown whether such laws will apply to Uber. As these types of services proliferate, it is likely that accidents will as well..
As a result, it is imperative if you have been in an Uber car accident to contact a San Francisco personal injury attorney who understands the complexities of such issues and can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
For more information, please contact the top San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.