In a heartbreaking case, the family of a 20-year-old Miami-Dade man has
filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the ride-sharing service Uber,
claiming that a careless driver was responsible for the death of their
son. The lawsuit has also named the 32-year-old driver as a defendant,
as well as the driver of the other car involved in the crash.
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A Devastating Crash
In the early morning of December 27, 2015, just a few days before Christmas,
Pablo S. was riding in an Uber SUV along Southwest 157th Avenue. The Uber driver attempted to turn left onto 144th Street, but was struck by an oncoming car.
The other passengers were able to escape from the crash, but Pablo was
trapped inside. The car exploded, taking the life of a young man whose
father described as a “role model to younger kids.” The tragic
irony in this case is that Uber, the company whom Pablo trusted to bring
him home safely, may be at least partially liable for his death.
Who Was To Blame?
Miami-Dade police have stated that “it appears speed was a factor”
in the crash, referring to the driver who struck the Uber vehicle. The
family’s attorney, however, claims that careless behavior on the
part of the Uber driver played a major role. The attorney has implied
that the driver may have been texting or playing with his cell phone at
the time of the accident, and the lawsuit alleges that Uber was negligent
in their hiring, supervising, and training of the driver.
Does The Family Have A Case?
From a legal standpoint, this case could potentially set a precedent for
other accidents involving Uber drivers. Uber is currently facing legal
challenges in a number of states related to their use of independent contractors,
rather than hiring drivers as employees – thus freeing them of liability
when their drivers crash.
While the victim’s family may have a strong case against both drivers
involved in the crash, they are unlikely to recover damages from Uber.
This could change, however, if the court determines that the Uber driver
was acting as an employee, not an independent contractor. Perhaps anticipating
this possibility, Uber recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought
by the family of a 6-year-old girl struck and killed by an Uber driver in 2013.
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