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As Uber Grows in Portland, Bay Area Lawsuit Settled

Posted July 15, 2015 - James R. Gregory, Trial Attorney

Uber, described by wikipedia as an “international transportation network company,” has settled a wrongful death suit filed against it stemming from a fatal accident in San Francisco. The accident occurred when Syed Muzaffar, 57, of Union City California struck three people crossing the street near the civic center. Although Muzaffar wasn’t carrying any passengers at the time of the incident, the family of the six year old victim alleged that he was logged on to Uber’s ride hailing system. The Uber smart phone app, they said, caused Muzaffar’s inattention and thereby contributed to the accident.

The announcement comes on the heels of Portland, Oregon’s decision to allow Uber to operate in the city for a trial period.

Potential customers should be aware that Uber may not currently be subject to the same rules regarding insurance and vehicle safety that are in place for traditional cab companies.