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Child Killed in Fatal Car Accident Caused by Uber Driver

A child killed on New Years Eve is a tragedy touching entire communities. When the fatal car accident involves a vehicle being operated by a ride for hire Uber driver striking a group of pedestrians the tragedy raises serious questions. The fatal car accident occurred in San Francisco when a fee based ride service driver struck the child and other pedestrians. The vehicle driver was working with Uber.

Uber is a ride service that provides rides to customers. The customer contacts Uber, and Uber in turn directs one of their "partner-drivers" to provide the ride. There are other similar companies such as Lyft and Sidecar.

These companies claim they are tech companies. They provide a computer application which is accessed by a customer desiring a ride which in turn is sent to an "independent" driver who has a similar application in their vehicle. The companies say they are just taking a fee for putting passengers and drivers together.

The companies claim the drivers aren't employees of the "tech" companies. They claim the drivers are independent and as a result the companies are not responsible for the child killed in the New Years tragedy nor the injuries and fatalities caused by the driver.

When catastrophic injuries and death occur the "driver" may not have adequate auto insurance liability limits to cover the victim's damages. But if the driver is an employee of one of these companies, the company then would also be responsible. Plus the companies may be responsible by failing to adequately screen and supervise the drivers.

While the details of the New Years tragedy remain unclear, questions have been raised by several officials about the "driver training and selection process for the increasing number of ride share drivers on our city streets..."

With the growth ride services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar showing no signs of slowing down, the number of accidents involving these drivers will only increase. Experienced legal counsel and thorough investigation of the accident, the driver and the companies' various protocols is vital for insuring a fair recovery for the victims from all of the responsible individuals and companies.

If you or a loved one are hurt, or killed, in a car accident or vehicle accident an experienced attorney can help. At the Law Offices of David P. Beeson we have been representing victims of traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents, taxi accidents, freeway crashes, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and big-rig accidents for more than 35 years. Visit our website at or call us at 619-233-6078. We can help.

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