Changes in transportation typically trigger new dangers, and the advent of ride sharing services like Uber is no exception.
In fact, as Miami accident attorneys, we’ve witnessed a sharp uptick in U.S. auto accidents associated with popular ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft over the last year.
That’s particularly true in Florida, where a confluence of large cities and a robust tourist population have ensured heavy demand for Uber and its brethren.
Below, we look at two alarming Uber auto accident stories arising in Florida during the last few months, each claiming the life of a young and unsuspecting passenger.
Uber Driver Kills Young Passenger in Miami Over Christmas
20-year-old Pablo Sanchez Jr. lost his life this winter when his Uber driver made a left turn in front of an oncoming Toyota Corolla at the Miami intersection of SW 144th Street and SW 157th Avenue.
The Corolla slammed into the Uber car, flipping it over and against a wall, CBS Miami reports. Both cars exploded in flames. The driver and the victim’s three friends managed to avoid serious injury, but young Pablo was trapped inside the vehicle and died.
The crash happened at approximately 4:45 AM, just two days after Christmas.
Meanwhile, the Sanchez family has filed a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against both Mr. Chica and the Uber company itself.
Police SUV & Uber Car Crash, Claiming Another Young Passenger’s Life
Seminole County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Sullivan was patrolling State Road 434 in Central Florida when an Uber driver collided with his marked police SUV in the middle of an intersection, Orlando Sentinel reports.
The Uber driver was 73-year-old Robert Williams, of Winter Park. He was traveling northbound on Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
Both cars entered the intersection at approximately the same time, and the front of the police vehicle struck the side of the Uber car. It isn’t clear, though, which party had the red light.
Both parties were rushed to the hospital. The police officer’s injuries were minor, while the elderly Uber driver’s were more serious.
Tragically, though, the Uber car’s passenger — 28-year-old Corey Allicock, of Orlando — was killed in the crash. He was on his way home from a work party to the new condo he shared with his girlfriend.
Eerily, Officer Sullivan was involved in (but not assigned fault for) an unrelated high-speed car chase that resulted in a different auto accident in that very same intersection on that very same day. A different police officer was injured in that accident, though Uber did not appear to be involved in the earlier event.
An investigation into young Mr. Allicock’s death is ongoing.
Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the transportation industry. They have helped to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. However, the issue is the competence of the drivers that we entrust with our lives and our loved ones. Beyond the competence of the driver, the platform requires the operator to use a phone during the ride. Obviously, this can lead to distracted driving accidents. Not surprisingly, a large number of the accidents involve a Uber driver making a left turn at an intersection and either not paying attention or misjudging the oncoming vehicle’s speed.
We are currently representing a young man that suffered serious injuries when a Uber diver made a left turn and failed to yield the right of way. Our client was operating his motorcycle in a safe manner when he crashed into the side of the car.
Police reports do not typically identify whether a vehicle is a Uber or Lyft vehicle. Thus, we investigate all accidents and require the driver to disclose in an affidavit whether he/she was working as a Uber or Lyft driver at the time of the accident.
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The law on rideshare liability continues to evolve, but this much is clear: victims do not have to suffer alone.
Passengers are not at fault for accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a ride-sharing accident in Florida, the experienced Miami accident attorneys at Kaire & Heffernan, LLC can help. We’re here to get you and your family the comprehensive compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.