Ride-Share Accidents: MCIS Represents the Victim of a Serious New Year’s Day
LOS ANGELES – North Los Angeles-based trial law firm, MCIS Lawyers, has been retained by one of the victims of a motor vehicle crash that occurred on New Year’s Day. Ms. Kordan, our client, suffered a major traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries as a result of a collision between a car driven by a DUI driver and a ride-share driver. Our client along with others, who also suffered catastrophic injuries, was riding as a back seat passenger in an Uber when their vehicle was broadsided by an SUV. Details of the collision have not yet been released by the investigating authorities.
This case raises a very important issue involving the responsibility of ride-share companies, such as Uber, for the negligent acts of their drivers. In my opinion, companies such as Uber should be held liable for the wrongful acts of their drivers under California law. Uber launched in San Francisco in 2010 and was an instant success. Since then, there have been many accidents involving Uber drivers. Uber has repeatedly taken the position that it is not responsible for the wrongful actions of its drivers, even though it has made billions of dollars on the backs of its drivers. The New York Times reported in 2015 that Uber’s valuation was close to $50 billion. Uber argues that it is merely a technology “platform” that connects drivers to passengers, and that the drivers act on their own.
Fortunately, the California Public Utilities Commission and California’s legislature has begun enacting strict regulations with the purpose of protecting the general public from the potential dangers of using Uber’s services. Moreover, the courts have started to recognize the control Uber exercises over its drivers and the trend appears to be leaning towards a finding of an employer-employee relationship. I believe Uber has a non-delegable duty to its customers and should not be allowed to pass the buck to its drivers”, said Partner, Mark G. Cunningham.
Ms. Kordan remains hospitalized.