The family of a victim who was struck and killed by an Uber driver in February filed a lawsuit last month claiming the driver was negligent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Oluwametemi Alami, from DeKalb County, hit L.C. Nunn on February 16 as he was out on his morning walk. Nunn ended up dying a week later.
His children brought the suit against both Alabi and Uber as a company for being negligent. Alabi claims that she didn’t see Nunn crossing the street at an intersection, but was cited by the police for failing to yield. Uber is being accused of negligence for allowing Alabi to drive for them in the first place. It was unclear at the time of filing what the plaintiffs were claiming Uber failed to do.
At the scene, Nunn, 89, was found conscious, but he had bruises on his face and was complaining of pain in his hips, legs, and arms, according to police reports. He died a week later from his injuries. The suit claims that during that week, he went through great pain and suffering, and was fully aware he was going to die.
This wasn’t the only recent court case involving an Uber driver. In May, Uber driver Penelope Keys was in court over a charge of vehicular homicide. She struck and killed Johnathan Hunt in Clayton County, outside Atlanta, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta. While she is accused of being drunk at the time of the incident, her Breathalyzer test showed she was under the limit. This is despite allegedly consuming a glass of vodka and a half-glass of wine prior to driving her vehicle. None of the allegations have yet to be proven in court.
The stark difference between the two cases is that while Alabi was on duty at the time of her accident, Keys was not driving for Uber at the time. If a lawsuit were to be filed against Keys, it would be interesting to see if Uber would be included. With a taxi service, it’s clear that if someone is driving a taxi, they are working as the employee of that taxi company. With Uber, when drivers use their personal vehicles, that line can blur. There are different insurance policies which apply depending on whether the driver was deemed to be on duty, doing personal errands between rides, or being off duty.
If you or a family member is hurt as a result of the actions of an Uber driver, it’s vital that you secure the help of a personal injury lawyer to help file your claim. They will investigate every detail of your case to make sure that your suit is as strong as it can be. It can be a complicated process to navigate the various laws, regulations, and insurance variances that surround Uber accident cases in Atlanta, so it’s crucial to have a competent attorney fighting for your rights.

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