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Uber Sued for Wrongful Death of San Francisco Girl

Uber is being sued for wrongful death after one of its drivers struck and killed a 6 year-old girl in San Francisco earlier this month. The law suit is a unique one, because Uber has been directly sued for wrongful death following an accident caused by one of its drivers.

The suit alleges that Uber is liable for the death, because the company's own policies and procedures encourage their drivers to drive irresponsibly. Uber drivers locate their customers using a smartphone GPS application designed by Uber. The application cannot be used hands-free. Thus, the suit claims that Uber is liable because the company forces its drivers to drive unsafely by operating the GPS application, amounting to what the suit alleges is a violation of San Francisco's hands-free-only cellular law.

However, Uber claims that they are not liable for wrongful death, because the driver was not carrying a fare at the time of the accident, and thus was not acting as an employee of Uber at the time of the incident. The issue of who is liable is an important one, because Uber's liability insurance policy limit and assets are substantially greater than the driver's.

With the growth of 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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