The family of 6-year-old Sofia Liu has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Uber and a driver alleging that the use of the fast-growing online app runs afoul of California’s distracted driving laws.
According to a news report in The San Francisco Chronicle, this California wrongful death lawsuit could weigh heavily in the debate over how technology companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar in the booming ride-services industry should be regulated and to what degree these companies should be held liable for the actions of their drivers.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Uber
According to the court documents, the crux of this case is the belief that the driver of the car, Syed Muzzafar, was indeed working for Uber at the time of the accident. Uber disagrees with this premise, but the plaintiff’s attorney is out to prove otherwise. He contends that Uber and Muzzafar are responsible for the wrongful death of Sofia Liu.
CAUSES OF ACTION
On December 31, 2013, at just before 8:00pm, HUAN KUANG was walking home in San Francisco with her two children, ANTHONY LIU, who was 5 years old, and SOFIA LIU,who was 6 years old. They approached the intersection of Polk Street and Ellis Street. When the light was green for them to walk, they began to cross Polk Street within the crosswalk. As they were in the cross-walk, with the signal green for them to walk, a vehicle driven by Defendant SYED MUZZAFAR turned right from Ellis Street and collided with HUAN KUANG, ANTHONY LIU and SOFIA LIU. The collision caused the wrongful death of SOFIA LIU, and caused serious and significant physical and mental injuries to the other Plaintiffs in this action.