A recent car crash involving the ride sharing service Uber has once again raised questions of safety. The most recent accident occurred when an Uber driver suffered a seizure, causing the car to careen out of control and hit a pedestrian. Two passengers were in the back seat and helpless to prevent the accident.
The driver had a previous history as a safe driver, but this incident raises questions about what steps Uber should be required to take to protect their passengers safety, the importance of conducting thorough background checks, and when Uber should be held accountable for accidents involving their drivers.
Uber and other ride sharing companies - such as Lyft - have come under criticism in San Francisco regarding their regulations for drivers’ insurance and other issues. This scrutiny has intensified following an accident last New Year's Eve where a driver struck and killed a 6-year-old girl.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Uber car crash, consulting with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer is important to review all the circumstances surrounding the incident and insure you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Here, Uber has said that the driver has been removed from its platform for the time being. This accident underscores the large difference between traditional cab services and Uber drivers - had the driver been a licensed cab driver, he would be required to obtain medical clearance before returning to service, and more safety measures would be in place to protect passengers - as well as those on the street who have been injured by Uber car drivers.
For more information or if you have been involved in any type of San Francisco car accident, please contact the experienced California personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.