This is the first wrongful death suit filed against Uber since its
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 28, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Dolan Law Firm filed suit today in San Francisco Superior Court against Uber and its affiliates for the death of Sofia Liu, run down by an Uber X driver at the intersection of Polk and Ellis Streets on New Year's Eve. This is the first wrongful death suit filed against Uber since its inception.
The suit claims Uber is responsible for Sofia's death as the driver, Syed Muzzafar, was on Uber's app. at the time of the collision. Uber confirmed that Muzzafar was a "partner of Uber" but denied responsibility for Sofia's death stating: "the driver was not providing services on the Uber system during the time of the accident."
Uber has since "deactivated" Muzzafar. Uber is denying insurance protection to cover its driver and the Liu family claiming they have no responsibility since there was no passenger in the car when it struck the Lius.
Christopher Dolan, Attorney for the Liu family, stated that "Uber shares in the profits of its drivers and it must also share in the responsibility for the harms they cause. The use of the Uber app. by drivers violates California laws designed to eliminate driver distraction.
Drivers are constantly interacting with their mobile devices creating a serious risk to both passengers and the community." The suit alleges legal theories never used before in rideshare collisions.
Dolan said; "As transportation delivery systems evolve so will the law. The technology may change but the basic rights of the public to safety and accountability will be upheld through the civil justice system."
The suit comes upon the heels of Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick slashing fares on Uber X stating "We're going all-in on being the cheapest ride in town," Dolan said "Cheaper doesn't mean safer. Uber X, by cutting prices below taxi fares, is not doing the public any favors.
Taxis are regulated to promote public safety. Taxi companies provide professional drivers who receive mandatory training in vehicles that are routinely inspected and insured whether carrying a passenger or not. Uber, though touting itself as the future of transportation endangers public safety and has thrown transportation back into the wild-west era."
A copy of the suit can be found at www.cbdlaw.com
For additional information contact Christopher Dolan at 415-421-2800 or Chris@cbdlaw.com