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Uber driver, company and others sued for death of 20-year-old man

If you've ever taken public transportation, you know that the injuries you or a family member suffer in a collision aren't going to be your fault. Who can you claim against, though? Is it the driver's fault, the company's liability, the second driver's error, or another factor influencing a claim? This family is trying to decide who to claim against and has, instead of filing against one person, filed against everyone involved in an accident that left their son dead.

A family in Miami is suing Uber and a driver whom they claim was negligent when he crashed the vehicle and killed one person. The man's family is trying to find out if the Uber driver had been distracted, tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the crash happened.

The crash itself was caused when the Uber driver transporting four people tried to make a left-hand turn onto Southwest 144th Street. Another driver at the wheel of a Toyota Corolla had been headed in the opposite direction when it slammed into the Uber vehicle. The Uber vehicle rolled over and hit a wall before exploding in flames; the Corolla also was engulfed by fire.

Four of the people in the vehicle, including the driver, escaped the vehicle and didn't get seriously hurt. The last man was trapped, dying in the crash. The man who was killed was attending Miami Dade College and was only 20 years old; his family has sought lawsuits against Uber, the driver, the owner of the Corolla and the owner of the Uber vehicle.

Source: CBS Miami, "Family Suing Uber After Crash Kills Loved One," Joan Murray, Jan. 12, 2016

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