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Fatal San Francisco Car Crash Sees Uber With Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By Brian Chase on January 31, 2014 - No comments

Uber sued by San Fransisco wrongful death attorney 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.


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.

Video: Three separate car accidents with serious consequences took place in the Bay area around the same time. The news footage touches on the Sofia Liu accident and that the driver slammed into the child when he was making a right turn on a green light. The victims were already in the crosswalk when they were struck. The case against Uber will certainly highlight distracted driving, using a cell phone while driving, and not waiting for a pedestrian to exit the crosswalk before entering.

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Los Angeles Jury Awards $150 Million in Wrongful Death Case

By Brian Chase on November 1, 2013 - No comments

A  jury has determined that a trucking company and one of its drivers should pay $150 million in Los Angeles wrongful death damages to 13-year-old Kylie Asam who watched her family burn to death in a fiery crash four years ago. According to an ABC news report, jurors delivered the verdict after three days of deliberations finding the truck driver, Rudolph Ortiz, negligent for parking on the side of the freeway in the early morning darkness without leaving a light on or even having emergency reflectors. Jurors found Ortiz and his employer, Watsonville-based Bhandal Bros. Trucking, jointly liable. …Read the rest »

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Man Dies At Health Club, Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

By Brian Chase on February 22, 2013 - No comments

February 22, 2013—Albany, New York—The New York Court of Appeals ruled recently in a case involving the wrongful death of a man at a Bally Total Fitness health club.  In 2007, the gentleman collapsed at the health club and an ambulance was called.  Ambulance personnel gave the victim shocks from an AED or automatic external defibrillator, but were unable to revive him.

The victim’s family sued because they claimed that the health club had an AED available but failed to use it.  Had they done so, the family claims that the victim’s life might have been saved.  Bally, in turn, argued immunity from liability due to the state’s Good Samaritan Law.

AED-wrongful-deathThe New York Supreme Court denied Bally’s motion to dismiss the case and the Appellate Court upheld that decision.  Specifically, the Supreme Court noted that the law imposed an “affirmative care duty” upon health clubs; AEDs are required by law to be available the health clubs are required to use them.

The Appellate Court disagreed slightly with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of business law but affirmed that the plaintiff had a viable cause of action under common law.

…Read the rest »

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Airlines Slapped with $6 Million Lawsuit for Wrongful Death of Morbidly Obese Woman

By Brian Chase on February 4, 2013 - No comments

In a follow up to a press release posted in November, the husband of Vilma Soltesz, a morbidly obese woman who died in Hungary while waiting for a flight home to the United States, has filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit against three major airlines. According to an ABC News report, the suit that was filed in New York City, names Delta Airlines, KLM and Lufthansa.

According to court documents, Vilma Soltesz and her husband, Janos Soltesz, flew from New York in mid-September to Budapest, Hungary, connecting through Amsterdam. They purchased three seats in all – two for Vilma and one for Janos. In early October, the couple tried to return when Vilma Soltesz began to feel ill. Soltesz weighed 407 pounds, had an amputated leg and was wheelchair-bound. …Read the rest »

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Skateboarder Killed in Suspected Orange County DUI Collision

By Brian Chase on January 15, 2013 - No comments

Anthony Duran, 14, was killed in an Orange County DUI accident after a suspected drunk driver struck him. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the skateboardfatal pedestrian accident occurred on Rose Drive near Castner Drive in Placentia, the night of January 11, 2013.

Police say the boy was riding his skateboard north on Rose Drive when a vehicle hit him. The driver of the car was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, but was released pending further investigation. Police are also looking into whether speed was a factor. Duran was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

DUI Collisions

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 17 injuries involving DUI crashes in Placentia. In Orange County as a whole, 45 people were killed and 1,317 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes during the same year.  …Read the rest »

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Family of Child Struck and Killed by Lightning Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By Brian Chase on November 21, 2012 - No comments

A multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Florida by the parents of a boy who was struck and killed by lightning during football practice.

lightning strikeThe family of 11-year-old Jesse Watlington who was struck and killed by lightning last month during football practice has filed a lawsuit against McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy alleging that their son’s death could have been prevented. According to a Nov. 19 Fox News report, the lawsuit alleges that the church and school were negligent for allowing students to practice during a storm under the supervision of coaches who did not know how to perform CPR. In addition, the lawsuit (Case number: 12-CA-003332), filed in Lee County Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court also alleges that there was no lightning detection device on the field on that day.

Jesse’s father, Chuck Watlington, tells Fox News that he was informed that the device was in the office, but turned off at the time. The lawsuit also contends that while the Florida High School Athletic Association requires each member school to have an operational automated external defibrillator (AED), the team did not have one. The Watlingtons have said that their hope with this lawsuit is to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future, the news report states.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 28 lightning-related fatalities nationwide so far in 2012. Five of those fatalities were in the state of Florida, the report states. In 2011, 26 lightning-related deaths were reported in the United States.

“When it comes to sports teams, the schools or organizations that run these programs are responsible for the safety and well-being of its participants,” said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firms. “It is absolutely essential for coaches to get CPR training and definitely make a judgment as to when it is safe or unsafe for children to go out into the field. Given the tools we have today to get the most up-to-date weather forecasts, there is no reason should be exposed to weather-related hazards.”

Bisnar says wrongful death lawsuits play a vital role in our civil justice system. “Not only do these lawsuits help families get a sense of justice by holding the negligent parties or wrongdoers responsible, but they also play a part in ensuring that similar tragedies do not happen in the future.”

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The California Wrongful Death Lawyers of Bisnar | Chase represent victims of wrongful death, and many other personal injuries. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims of wrongful death accidents.

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Sources: http://www.fox4now.com/news/local/180000611.html

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