February 3rd, 2014|
While ride sharing programs, such as Uber and Lyft, have created their own new niche in the passenger transportation industry, the lack of regulation in the field seems to have created some questions regarding liability in the event of an accident. The California Wrongful Death Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say one case that was filed in regards to an accident involving an Uber vehicle that killed a 6-year-old San Francisco pedestrian may be a first of its kind.
An article from CNET News states that on New Year’s Eve, the victim, along with her mother and sibling, were struck by an Uber vehicle that was attempting to pick up a passenger. The impact of the collision claimed the six-year-old’s life and left her mother and brother seriously injured.
The family of the victim’s later filed suit against Uber, saying the company was negligent in the way it designed the application that both drivers and passengers use to set up rides because it was not created to be used hands-free, as California law requires. Uber has contended the drivers do not necessarily work for the company, and therefore, the company cannot be held liable for the child’s death or the injuries the others sustained.
The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to an accident. That’s why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the family of the victim.