A passenger in an Uber vehicle died from injuries suffered in a New Year’s Eve accident in North Port.
According to police, the Uber vehicle was struck by a truck, the driver of which was under the influence of alcohol. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. near the intersection of Toledo Blade Boulevard and Woodhaven Drive.
Law enforcement officials said one of the passengers in the backseat of the Uber vehicle, a Toyota Camry, was killed, and a second backseat passenger was taken along with the Uber driver under trauma alert to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Both were expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the driver of the F-250 truck at fault in the accident was charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI with personal injury, DUI with property damage and two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury. Police continued to investigate the circumstances of the accident in its immediate aftermath.
Handling personal injury lawsuits involving rideshare services
If you get injured in an accident as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, you have multiple legal options available to you, depending on the circumstances of the crash. If the accident was caused by another driver, you would proceed with a lawsuit against that other driver as if you were the one driving the vehicle. If, however, the accident was caused by the driver of the rideshare vehicle, you would have a claim against that driver and/or the ridesharing service itself.
For more information about what you should know about personal injury claims involving ridesharing services, contact a trusted Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.