IRVINE, California. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 28 people die each day due to crashes involving drinking and driving. Drunk driving crashes cost victims, families, and society an estimated $44 billion. In many instances, a person may have driven drunk many times before even receiving a DUI. Sadly, the consequences of a DUI may simply not be enough to stop drivers from getting behind the wheel. This is why more families are seeking recoveries from drunk drivers. By holding these drivers financially accountable, victims and families send a strong message to society. Drunk driving will not be tolerated and it will cost you. The Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, P.C. are accident lawyers in Irvine, California who understand the real cost of drunk driving.
Drunk driving may also be costing companies money. According to CNET, Uber may have to pay $1.13 million in fines for failing to investigate drunk driving complaints. CNET reports that when the company received complaints that its drivers may have been driving drunk, it didn’t promptly investigate the claims. In fact, some drivers may have been permitted to keep driving, putting not only drivers, but passengers and others on the road in danger.
Uber’s alleged tolerance of drunk driving sends a terrible message to its drivers (and passengers) about safety. As it stands, many companies struggle to properly vet drivers to ensure safety. If Uber doesn’t properly oversee its drivers, this could lead to a seriously dangerous situation.
Of 154 complaints, Uber was found to be in violation of California’s zero tolerance rules regarding complaints for drunk driving in 151 cases. In only 50 reported cases did Uber attempt to contact the alleged drunk drivers. And in only 21 instances could Uber prove that it suspended the driver. While Uber claims that its guidelines forbid drinking and driving, the company’s insistence that its drivers are contract workers and not employees means it may have little ability to properly vet drivers.
The news comes in the wake of other serious criticisms Uber has been facing in recent months. According to Refinery 29, the company has had some difficulty improving its public image after the celebrity Tess Holliday claims she was body shamed by a driver. While the company claims that such behavior is not in accordance with its community guidelines, the incident only highlights some of the criticisms that Uber has faced in recent months. Uber has also faced other serious allegations, unrelated to its drivers.
If you’ve been hurt or injured in a ride sharing car, it is important to understand that you have important rights. If your driver was drunk or under the influence, you may be able to seek a recovery to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If Uber is found to be in violation, will it also be held responsible for any injuries? It may be wise to seek legal counsel if you have questions. The Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, P.C. are accident lawyers in Irvine, California who understand that every case is unique. Whether you were hurt in crash with a driver who was under the influence or a distracted driver, you may have rights.