On December 13, 2015, a sheriff’s SUV collided with an Uber car in a busy intersection in Seminole County, Florida. The collision resulted in the tragic death of the Uber passenger, who was only twenty-eight years old. The passenger was catching a ride home from a holiday party.
A crash investigation was undertaken by the sheriff’s department to determine who was at fault for running the red light: the officer or the Uber driver. In incidents like this one, especially when a fatality is involved, the question becomes who is responsible to compensate the victim? When companies like Uber are involved, the issue of insurance coverage comes to light. If the Uber driver is found at fault, it will likely be Uber’s insurance to cover the damages (i.e., medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc). Here in Nevada, Uber must ensure that each driver carries a minimum of $1.5 million in liability coverage when there is a passenger in the vehicle and $50,000 per person liability when the driver is logged into the network but has not yet picked up a passenger. In this case, if the Uber driver was found at fault, the victim could potentially recover up to the policy limits coverage.
If the officer is found at fault, then the local government would likely be responsible to cover the victim’s damages. However, there is always some challenges that come with suing a government agency because they are protected by many legal doctrines, including sovereign immunity which caps the amount of damages one may recover.
If you have been involved in a crash and suffered injuries as a result of another’s recklessness, the personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter, Smith & Cullen can help. We offer free consultations and can educate you on your rights so that you can choose the best course of action for you.