On Friday morning, two cars collided in Goleta ultimately killing a passenger. A 19-year-old girl was a passenger of a Hyundai SUV, driven by an Uber driver. The driver was headed down Hollister Road and a white Toyota Camry crashed directly into the side of the Hyundai at Stroke Avenue. It is unclear which car ran the red light. The 19-year-old was killed upon impact and her friend, who was also a passenger, was taken to the hospital with injuries as well. Both were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The driver of the Toyota was driving two teenage passengers, all of which suffered minor injuries.
Per the Independent News, the law regarding Uber drivers, passengers, and seatbelts is unclear; Uber has yet to be classified in the U.S. as a taxi service. Area Uber representatives did not reply to the question of whether drivers must tell passengers to use a seatbelt, directing reporters to Uber’s website, which urges riders to buckle up. Therefore, California state law states a vehicle must not operate unless all passengers over the age of 16 are wearing a seatbelt. Whether or not Uber Is classified as a “taxi service,” the passengers were injured and killed due to the negligent driving of another. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the teenager. We have all those involved in our prayers in hopes for a full recovery. If you or someone you know has been injured in or by an Uber driver, contact our legal team today for a free case consultation.