${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Firm Logo
Call Us Today
212-285-3800
877-265-4065
View Our Practice Areas

Suit filed against Uber regarding fatal pedestrian accident

In another pedestrian tragedy, a man was killed and his girlfriend seriously injured when struck by a Mercedes SUV while they were crossing E. 62nd Street at Lexington Ave. on Jan. 3. The driver was an Uber driver who was going to pick up passengers at the time of the pedestrian accident. The injured woman filed a lawsuit recently, claiming that the software used by Uber drivers violated New York law by distracting the driver.

The driver was not cited by authorities for improper driving even though the lawsuit says that the pair were lawful pedestrians in a crosswalk when they were hit. Normally, a driver must pause and allow those in a crosswalk to pass safely before going forward. However, the driver has been reinstated by Uber, and his license remains valid in New York.

The lawsuit claims that the driver was speeding and disregarded a traffic signal. The complaint also says the driver broke New York law by using an electronic device while driving. It implicates Uber as being liable for knowing that such a device was illegal under state law and that it would have illegally distracted the driver. The suit claims that, not only was the driver hurrying to pick up passengers, but he was also distracted due to the data coming over the electronic device.

It is also reportedly a violation of the Taxi and Limousine Commission rules in New York to operate such an electronic device while driving, although limited use may be allowed for receiving information on a new customer. In any event, if the couple were in the crosswalk at the time of being struck, the circumstances appear sufficient to establish that the driver was in some way or another not paying attention to what was ahead of him. His failure to let the couple cross in front of him is very likely negligent driving with respect to this pedestrian accident. Accordingly, this civil claim for damages will more likely than not be successful in obtaining a settlement or a verdict.

Source: streetsblog.org, "Crash Victim Lawsuit: App Use by Uber Drivers Is Negligent and Illegal", Brad Aaron, March 20, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Over $1. 5 Billion Recovered For Clients We have a history of winning large verdicts and settlements for our clients.

  • $21 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 50 year-old truck driver who slipped and fell on loading platform
  • $12 .6 Million

    Manhattan jury awarded women injured in a New York City bus accident
  • $11 .8 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded to a 62-year-old man who was struck by a New York City police car
  • $10.2 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 41 year-old man for back injuries received in a car accident
  • $10 Million

    Queens recovery for wrongful death
  • $9 .7 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 63 year-old school custodian worker for burns received from faulty water heater
  • $9 Million

    Jury award to driver for back injuries that resulted from a motor vehicle accident
  • $8 .7 Million

    Queens 52 year-old man awarded for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accident with two tow trucks
  • $8 Million

    Manhattan jury awarded woman for back injuries sustained from a kitchen ceiling collapse
  • $7 .7 Million

    Brooklyn settlement boy struck by school bus
  • $7 .5 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 2 Brooklyn women for injuries sustained in accident with NYC Transit bus
  • $5 .85 Million

    Awarded for injuries sustained in a construction accident
  • $5 .5 Million

    Queens awarded family of man run over and killed by Port Authority Bus
  • $5 .25 Million

    Brooklyn settlement due to landlord negligence and injuries due to fire
  • $5 Million

    Suffolk County settlement fall down
  • $5 Million

    Orange County Car accident
  • $4 .6 Million

    Brooklyn recovery for 58 year old pedestrian struck by NYPD police car
  • $5 .5 Million

    Brooklyn; Hasidic man hit by police car, shoulder fracture brain injury, hearing loss
  • $3 .2 Million

    Settlement for woman who was struck by car while crossing the street
  • $3 Million

    Brooklyn Construction accident by laborer
  • $1 .375 Million

    Brooklyn settlement for our client who tripped on a raised sidewalk

Email Us For Your Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Office Location
150 Broadway
New York, NY 10038

Toll Free: 877-265-4065
Phone: 212-285-3800
New York Law Office Map