San Francisco news reports that the family of a girl killed by a driver affiliated with Uber has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. Sources indicate that Eve Sofia Liu, 6, died after she was struck by a driver who was logged on to the Uber X smartphone app. The lawsuit alleges that the company demands its drivers drive contrary to California's distracted driving laws.
This wrongful death law suit could significantly affect the future of ride sharing apps such as Uber, Lyft and sidecar, which allow riders to order a ride through smartphone apps. Uber is under fire because it is not regulated such as other rides for hire such as taxicabs. As a result, many question the driver's ability and records, and legal issues are raised concerning Uber's responsibility to "clients" who are hurt as the result of the actions of an Uber driver.
Due to the complexity and evolving nature of car accidents involving Uber and Lyft, it is crucial you contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in any type of car accident.
The wrongful-death lawsuit filed Monday did not specify an amount of damages sought. A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury action but s brought by the surviving family members of an individual killed by the reckless or negligent conduct of another.
This action specifically alleged that because drivers must interact with the Uber app to locate and pick up riders, the app violates a California law that seeks to cut down on distracted driving. Further, because Uber drivers "must respond quickly to a user request for service by physically interfacing with the app" the practice violates the state vehicle code that sets requiring hands free listening and talking. The wrongful death lawsuit also contains claims for negligent hiring and supervision, negligence with a motor vehicle, and infliction of emotional distress.
In addition to the civil lawsuit facing Uber, the driver faces potential criminal charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
For more information about Uber lawsuits, or if you or a loved one has been injured in any type of California car accident, please contact the top San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.