Uber seems like a great deal, but the company has come under fire on more than one occasion. One recently filed lawsuit was filed after an Uber driver in South Carolina crashed the vehicle they were driving. The crash occurred as the driver was pulling out of the Eden Roc hotel. Reports indicate that the driver neglected to yield to oncoming traffic as she attempted to turn onto Collins Avenue. As a direct result of the accident, the driver suffered severe brain damage.
Dr. Richard Day and his wife are named as the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. According to them, they hired Uber diver, Ingrid Parra, while they were attending a medical conference. Day suffered a broken leg during the accident. His wife suffered severe head injuries that required several rounds of brain surgery. Prior to the accident, Jean Day was a nurse.
“Jean really loved helping people and she loved her job,” Christopher Drury, the Day’s lawyer, told the press. “It hurts her deeply that she has not been able resume her career and that most likely will never be able to.”
Uber representatives have been reluctant to address the surge of lawsuits that have recently been filed against them. It represents the third such lawsuit naming the company as the defendant in the a span of 6 months.
Uber is a company that has been gaining popularity all over the world, especially in Southern Florida. While there are many who love the service, many people have expressed concerns since the company first started picking up passengers.
One of the big concerns many have expressed about the service is the number of drivers who spend more time staring at their smart phone than they do watching the road.
According to the lawsuit filed by the Day’s, Uber was unaware that the driver representing the company “was not qualified, had not received sufficient training and was not being supervised.”
The number of accidents caused by Uber accidents is just one reason so many in South Carolina are concerned about the company’s continued popularity. Taxi drivers are understandably upset that the company is taking so many passengers who would have otherwise hailed a cab. Many cab drivers and South Carolina county regulators have openly expressed concerns that the way the company enlists drivers is in violation of current for-hire rules, but so far little has been done to regulate the company.
South Carolina county regulators aren’t the only ones concerned about Uber drivers. Joe and Martin from The Joe and Martin Firm have some concerns of his own. “I feel that Uber take big chances with the way it hires drivers and I’m afraid that things will get worse before they get better. Not only have there been many accidents resulting in personal injuries to passengers, but there have also been instances of drivers turning hostile, and even violent to their passengers, such as the one in Michigan where an Uber driver shot several people. I hope lawsuits like the one the Day’s filed will encourage the company to reevaluate the way they hire drivers.”
If you were injured in an accident involving an Uber driver, set aside time to consult with a personal injury lawyer and learn more about your legal options. He can help you to maximize your settlement and take care other legal matters regarding your case.