Update: Family of Woman Killed by Uber Self-Driving Car File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
February 5, 2019 – The city of Tempe, Arizona, has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman who was hit and killed last year by an Uber self driving car. 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed by a Volvo sport utility vehicle (SUV) owned and operated by Uber Technologies on March 18, 2018, while it was in self-driving mode traveling north on Mill Avenue in Tempe.
What’s the problem?
Each year, thousands of passengers in Uber vehicles are injured in accidents across the U.S. Many victims are unaware of their legal rights following such accidents. Passengers are regarded as innocent bystanders in these situations, and are thus owed a duty of care from any driver who can be placed at fault for the accident.
Uber Insurance Policy
In accidents involving rideshare companies several parties can be held liable including the driver of the vehicle, the owners of the car, and the rideshare company itself. In response to the frequency of accidents involving rideshare vehicles Lyft, Uber, and Uberx have announced a new insurance policy program. Uber’s new policy will provide for up to $50,000 per person and $25,000 for property damage in an accident involving one of its vehicles. This is on top of the $1,000,000 coverage for accidents when a trip is in progress. The million dollar policy limit falls in line with the insurance coverage mandatory for taxi drivers in the state.
What Damages Could I Recover?
Uber lawsuits may result in compensation for the following car accident damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages (outrageous wrongful conduct on the part of Uber)
- Wrongful death in the event that the lawsuit is brought by the family of a deceased loved one.
Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Uber Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of an Uber Class Action Suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of Uber passengers who were injured in a car accident.
Uber Reaches $20 Million Settlement in Class Action Alleging Text Message Spam
October 11, 2017 – Uber Technologies has agreed to pay $20 million to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging that the ridesharing company broke the law by sending out unsolicited text messages. The suit claimed that Uber violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending automated text messages without consent, causing “aggravation and invasion of privacy.”
Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Service in Pittsburgh Following Accident
September 19, 2017 – Uber’s self-driving vehicles were temporarily taken off the road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday following an accident on the Hot Metal Bridge. A black Nissan Sentra was driving west on Sidney Street when it crashed into Uber’s Volvo XC90, which was going south on Hot Metal Street. Nobody was hurt and the Uber driver was in control of the car when the accident occurred, said Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.
Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in Accident in San Francisco
September 5, 2017 – Uber’s self-driving car program had its first reported accident in California, a collision that happened on August 16 in San Francisco’s Richmond District. The crash involved one of the company’s autonomous Volvo XC90s, which was rear ended at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Third Avenue after its human driver disengaged its self-driving technology to allow pedestrians to cross.
Amateur Runner Knocked Unconscious, Sustains Career-Ending Knee Injury in Uber Accident
August 29, 2017 – An amateur runner from Illinois is suing Uber, claiming that a negligent driver caused a serious accident which resulted in her sustaining a potentially career-ending knee injury. Plaintiff Katherine Vesce was on her way to the New York City Marathon when the crash happened, but was hurt so badly she’ll likely never be able to compete again, according to the lawsuit.
Chicago Uber Driver Charged with Homicide in Deadly Collision
August 8, 2017 – Chicago police have identified Richard Massenburg as the driver who initiated a multi-car accident that killed one man and injured at least 2 others, according to the Chicago Tribune. Massenburg, a 52-year-old Uber driver who was on duty for the ride-sharing service at the time of the crash, tested positive for marijuana after being transported to the hospital, according to prosecutors.
Texas Country Singer Injured in Uber Accident Files Suit
July 28, 2017 – Rich O’Toole, a Houston, Texas-based country singer, is suing Uber and one of its drivers for $1 million following a crash that allegedly sidelined his career. According to the lawsuit, O’Toole hired Uber driver Abdallah Ahmed to take him to dinner before a concert in Amarillo, Texas. Ahmed allegedly got lost on his way, stopped his vehicle on the highway to check his app, and was rear-ended at high speed by another vehicle.
Connecticut Man Injured in Crash with Uber Driver
July 17, 2017 – A 48-year-old man was critically injured Sunday in a collision between an Uber and a moped in New Haven, Connecticut. The woman operating the vehicle, a 44-year-old Uber driver from Hamden, Connecticut, was not injured in the collision. The woman was on duty when the crash occurred and the passenger in her car also was not injured, according to police.
New York Uber Driver Killed in DWI Crash on Long Island
June 21, 2017 – A man from Queens, NY, has admitted to killing an Uber driver last year while driving drunk on the Long Island Expressway (LIE), in a wreck that threw the victim into traffic before another vehicle dragged him a half-mile to his death. Prosecutors said Bonifacio Enriquez, 36, of College Point, New York, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court to second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
Car Crash Claims Life of Florida Uber Driver
June 16, 2017 – A 3-car pile up on Siesta Key, Florida, has claimed the life of an Uber driver. The deceased, 57-year-old Guy Theron, had an Uber sticker on his silver 2008 Dodge minivan, but police said he was not driving for Uber at the time and no passenger was in his vehicle.
Florida Uber Driver Killed in Accident with Lamborghini
June 12, 2017 – A 61-year-old health club magnate is facing DUI manslaughter charges over a car wreck that killed an Uber driver in Delray Beach, Florida. Roger Wittenberns’ blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.15 — about twice the legal limit in Florida — approximately 45 minutes after his Lambo crashed into a Buick Enclave driven by 82-year-old J. Gerald Smith.
Uber Execs Take Leave Amid Management Crisis
June 11, 2017 – Both the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Uber Technologies Inc. have departed their positions, in a sign of impending doom for the troubled ride-sharing company. Uber announced Monday that its board had unanimously approved recommendations stemming from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder into the ride-sharing giant’s cultures and practices.
Do I Have an Uber Accident Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Uber accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were an Uber passenger who was injured in a car accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.